NPRA suspected U.S. reconnaissance drone has crashed in a region of
southern Somalia controlled by the al-Shabab militant group, a governor
of the region says.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Abdikadir Mohamed Nur, the governor of the
Lower Shabelle region, told Reuters that al-Shabab had shot down the
aircraft over the coastal town of Bulamareer, south of the capital,
"Finally they hit it and the drone crashed," he said.
U.S. drone has just crashed near one of the towns under the
administration of the Mujahideen in the Lower Shabelle region,"
al-Shabab said in an announcement on Twitter.
The militant group also promised it would release photographs of the downed drone in the coming hours.
"Al-Shabab fighters surrounded the scene. We are not allowed to go near it," resident Aden Farah told Reuters.
U.S. official have yet to comment on the report.
al-Qaida affiliated al-Shabab were pushed out of the capital by African
Union forces in late 2011, but it still controls much of central and
Two years ago, and other media outlets reported a new secret drone bases in the Horn of Africa region and the Arabian Peninsula.