Islamist group al-Shabaab said Monday it had seized an armed US drone after it crashed in a mountainous region of southern Somalia.
The drone carried at least six missiles and other military hardware, al-Shabaab said on pro-insurgent radio Andalus and the website www.somalimemo.net.
It said the drone crashed in Shan Da'ar, some 70 kilometres outside Baardheere in the Gedo region.
Gedo official Diyad Abdi confirmed the crash, but declined to give details. "At this stage, it's a developing story." he said.
Al-Shabaab accused the US of targeting Muslims with its drones.
The US has used drones for years in its campaign against terrorists - both as a weapon and for reconnaissance. Drones have been used in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen as well as Syria and Iraq.
Several leading al-Shabaab members in Somalia have been killed by drones.