Street FIGHT:Conflict
Airstrikes on Al-Shabaab Area Leaves 11 Dead
By QANCIYE FARAH ILMI 10/23/2011
Drone Firing Hellfire Missile
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Drone Firing Hellfire Missile
At least 11 civilians have died and more than 20 others wounded after a suspected U.S. drone attacked Afmadow town of Lower Jubba region, eyewitnesses said on Sunday.

According to witnesses, the attack occurred late on Saturday.

"I have seen 11 bodies and we believe that it was a U.S. airstrike," Mohamud Abdirahman, one of the eyewitnesses said.

Locals said they had sighted what they believed to be U.S. drones hovering around the area over the last few days.

Witnesses told Somalia Report that the al-Shabaab fighters were regrouping and are now moving towards Afmadow town as they prepared for a counter attack against the TFG and Kenyan military forces.

“Heavy clashes may erupt anytime now but we don’t know how the situation will be," Abdirahman said.

It is not the first time that the U.S. drones have hit al-Shabaab bases in Lower Jubba regions.

In recent months, unmanned drones launched airstrikes against the al-Shabaab in Kismayo and Lower Jubba areas. The U.S. has a history of using drones to attack terrorist groups, such as the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab in Somalia.