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Six killed including two Turks in Somalia killings

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) African Union Mission inSomalia(AMISOM) peacekeepers from Burundi patrol in a truck after fighting between insurgents and government soldiers erupted on the outskirts of Mogadishu in this May 22 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Mogadishu:Gunmen have killed six people in a drive-by shooting including two Turkish hospital workers in the latest violence to hit Somalia's capital Mogadishu authorities said Thursday.

"Six civilians two of them Turkish nationals have been killed and six more were wounded" said Abdifatah Omar Halane spokesman for the Mogadishu city authorities. The shooting took place late Wednesday.

Somalia's Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke condemned the attack.

"We condemn this cowardly act and our thoughts are with the relatives of the victims and the Turkish government" Sharmarke said in a statement.

"These innocent Turkish citizens have lost their lives while supporting their Somali brothers" he said.

Turkey is a major investor in and donor to Somalia.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a separate incident on Wednesday witnesses said four people were killed including three civilians caught in the crossfire during a shootout between members of rival units within the Somali army.

"The soldiers were trying to shoot another soldier but they have killed him together with three civilians who were passing by" said Abdirasak Ali a witness. Several other witnesses confirmed the deaths.

Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels -- who are fighting to overthrow the country's internationally-backed government -- carry out regular attacks in Mogadishu but the seaside capital is anarchic and is still awash with weapons after decades of war.


Six killed including two Turks in Somalia killings


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