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Gunmen Kill 6 Outside Somali Capital


Gunmen in Somalia have attacked a convoy carrying doctors to a hospital near the capital, killing six people, including three Syrians.

The ambush happened Wednesday on a road that connects Mogadishu to Afgoye. A VOA Somali reporter in Mogadishu says another Syrian Doctor was wounded in the attack.

Afgoye is a former stronghold of the al-Qaida-linked militant group Al-Shabab, which denied responsibility for the shootings.

Al-Shabab once controlled most of the Somali capital, but the group was driven out of Mogadishu and other major Somali cities by an African Union-led peacekeeping force.

Al-Shabab has continued to carry out attacks, including one on a police station in the town of Beledweyne last month that killed more than 20 people.
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