Al-Shabaab militia in the Port city of Kismayo has announced that it will display at Freedom Park on Friday a U.S. spy drone that has crashed in the city after it was allegedly hit by the militia.
The militia who made the announcement using loudspeakers mounted on a militia car ordered the locals to avail themselves at the park to witness the drone they claimed they shot down.
Abdirahman Sheikh Mudey, one of the Al-Shabaab leaders in the city claimed they shot down the drone while taking photographs of parts of the city.
But locals say some herders have spotted the suspected drone crashed some 13 km from the city centre, where they immediately informed the militia leaders.
Just Last week, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. is expanding a drone surveillance program in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula to gather intelligence and attack Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia and Yemen.
The report said the U.S. is building a new installation for the drones in Ethiopia and has already flown drones over both Somalia and Yemen from a base in Djibouti.
The U.S. has used drones to attack Al-Shabaab targets in Somalia in the past.
Warbixinada la Xiriira:
- U.S building drone bases to strike Somalia and Yemen, claims report, 2011/09/21
- Villagers abort Al-Shabaab’s attack on their village in middle Shabelle, 2011/08/12
- CIA says Al-Shabaab has close ties with Yemen based Al-Qaeda, 2011/07/18
- Al-Shabaab withdraws from its military bases in Lower Jubba, 2011/07/11
- ASWJ says Al-Shabaab behind Fazul’s Death, 2011/06/15