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Red Cross: Mine Blast Kills Five in Northern Somalia

February 7, 1993

GENEVA (AP) _ Five Red Cross workers were killed and three were injured when their vehicle hit a mine in an area of northern Somalia considered relatively safe, the group said Sunday.

Three of those killed in the Friday blast were Somalis working for the Swiss-run International Committee of the Red Cross. The identities of the other two were not immediately known, said Red Cross spokesman Pierre Gauthier.

The team of veterinarians was traveling in Hargeisa province vaccinating nomads’ animal herds, Gauthier said. Their vehicle hit a mine at Laas Abod, about 500 miles north of the capital Mogadishu.

Most of the clan fighting has occurred in the capital and the southern part of the nation.

″The region was considered safe,″ Gauthier said. ″This has completely floored us.″

He had no further details on the incident.

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