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Four dead in plane crash in Somalia

09 August 2013, 12:38

Mogadishu -An Ethiopian military cargo plane crash landed and burst into flames on Friday at Mogadishu airport, killing four of its six crew members, Somali security officials at the site said.

The other two crew members were rescued, the official said.

The Ethiopian foreign affairs ministry in Addis Ababa was not immediately able to confirm if the crashed plane was Ethiopian.

Ethiopia sent troops into Somalia in 2011 to fight the Al-shabaab Islamist insurgents.

A thick tower of black smoke was seen rising from the crash scene and the airport was closed.

Sources at the airport said a series of explosions werer heard as the fire spread along the plane, suggesting it might have been carrying ammunition or other inflammable products.

Nick Kay, the UN special representative to Somalia, tweeted that he offered his "condolences" for the "tragic crash".



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