An unmanned US drone crashed in a village controlled by Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab in southern Somalia, a military official said Sunday.
The surveillance drone went down in the village of Gobale in the conflict-stricken nation's Lower Shabelle region, the official told dpa on condition of anonymity. The reason for the crash remained unknown on Sunday.
"The Mujaahideens in the area confiscated it. It carries sophisticated cameras and other materials," Al-shabaab spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab told pro-insurgent radio station Andalus.
It is the third time in the past two years that a drone crashed in the region.
The United States regularly use drones to combat al-Shabaab, which is linked to terrorist group al-Qaeda, and seeks an Islamist state in Somalia.