2 Foreign Doctors Killed in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Two foreign doctors working for an international medical aid organization, their Somali driver and a reporter died Monday when the doctors' vehicle hit a land mine in the southern Somali town of Kismayo, police said. Another foreign doctor and three Somalis were injured.


In the Dutch capital, the Dutch branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres said it did not immediately have details on the violence involving its workers, but was evacuating international staff from Kismayo.
The Somali reporter was passing by and was injured in the explosion and later died in the hospital, said Mohamed Abdirashid Dure, who works at the hospital.
All the victims in the vehicle worked for the Dutch branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres, said Kismayo police chief Ibrahim Kalif Shanfol. He said the doctors killed were French and Kenyan.
The doctors had been working at the town hospital for four months, Dure said.
The aid group said its team in Kismayo carried out urgent operations, "such as Caesarean sections for women who have complications in their pregnancies."

Von: ap.google.com, 29.01.2008

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