Somalia: Militants Ambush Medical Convoy, Killing 6

12/19/2013
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MOGADISHU, Somalia - Suspected armed Islamic militants Wednesday ambushed a convoy carrying doctors near the Somalian capital, killing six people, three of them Syrian doctors in the country giving medical assistance, officials said Wednesday.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somalian police commander, said the convoy came under attack in a semi-forested area outside Mogadishu, while on the way to give medical help to patients at a hospital.

Hussein blames al-Shabab insurgents for the attack. Somalia's weak government is attempting to rebuild the war-ravaged nation after African Union troops helped the Somalian army eject the al-Qaeda-linked militants from all the major cities, including the capital Mogadishu.

Abdi Ibrahim Jiya, a well-known orthopedic surgeon in Somalia, said he trained a Somalian doctor killed in the attack. Jiya said others killed were the three Syrian doctors and two Somalian aides who were all heading to Fiqi hospital in Elasha Biyaha, a settlement near Mogadishu. A Syrian doctor was also wounded in the attack, he said.

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