Surveillance drone crashes in Somali capital

AP News
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Posted: Aug 19, 2011 9:46 AM

A surveillance drone has crashed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

An Associated Press reporter saw pieces of the drone, which was shaped like a small plane, before it was removed by African Union soldiers. It had crashed into a house in the city center.

It was not immediately known who was operating the downed drone, but the U.S. is known to fly surveillance craft over Somalia, where Islamist rebels are battling the weak U.N.-backed government. The rebels pulled out of their bases in the capital last week but are still believed to have fighters in the city in disguise.

Somalia has not had a functioning government for more than 20 years.