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Witnesses: 6 Somalis killed at food distribution
Witnesses: 6 Somalis shot dead at food aid distribution in capital
By The Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ' Witnesses say that six Somalis were shot dead by a soldier as families scrambled for food aid in the Somali capital.

Sharif Haji Hassan says that families had stood in line for hours on Thursday before finally rushing guards and carrying off food aid. He says the guards tried to beat them back with rifle butts but then opened fire. He says some fired into the air but one fired into the crowd.

He says he saw five people killed and many injured.

Another witness says one of the injured later bled to death. Abdi Mire Nur says the old woman was being taken to hospital when she died.

There have been several deadly shootings in the Somali capital as starving families fight over food aid. Six areas in war-ravaged southern Somalia are suffering from famine.

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