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Surveillance drone crashes in Somali capital

Somali soldiers patrol inside the Badbado refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. Refugees and soldiers in Mogadishu's Badbado camp say they watched a surveillance drone crash into a hut in the camp Friday, before African Union peacekeepers came to remove it. Somali soldiers patrol inside the Badbado refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. Refugees and soldiers in Mogadishu's Badbado camp say they watched a surveillance drone crash into a hut in the camp Friday, before African Union peacekeepers came to remove it. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
February 3, 2012
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MOGADISHU, Somalia—Witnesses say a surveillance drone has crashed into a refugee camp in the Somali capital.

Drones have been used by the U.S. to attack or observe al-Qaida-linked militants in the Horn of Africa nation.

Refugees and soldiers in Mogadishu's Badbado camp say they watched the drone crash Friday into a hut made of sticks, corrugated cans and plastic bags.

Sacdiyo Sheikh Madar, a refugee at the camp, says African Union peacekeepers came to remove it.

Police officer Ali Hussein says the drone was shaped like a small plane. A similar drone crashed into a house in Mogadishu last year.

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