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US massacre drone strike kills 15 innocent people in Somalia

At least 15 people have been killed and many others wounded in the latest air strike carried out by a US assassination drone in Somalia, Press TV reports.

The unmanned aircraft targeted al-Shabab fighters on Monday near the town of Wanlaweyn, a former stronghold of al-Shabab fighters.

The attack comes a day after African Union troops and Somali government forces took control of the Wanlaweyn town, a former stronghold of al-Shabab fighters.

The US military uses remote-controlled drones in Somalia for reconnaissance operations and targeted killings.

Washington has been carrying out assassination attacks using the unmanned aircraft in other countries including Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, and Yemen.

The United States claims the CIA-run strikes are aimed at militants. But witness reports and figures offered by local authorities indicate the attacks have led to massive civilian deaths.

The UN has condemned the US assassination drone strikes, saying they pose a challenge to international law.

The weak Western-backed transitional government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab fighters for the past five years, and is propped up by a strong African Union force from Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti.

Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia remains among the ones generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced persons in the world.

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