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Large cargo plane crashes near Somali capital, all survive

A large cargo plane carrying six Egyptian citizens has crashed near the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Monday, but only two people were injured, officials say.

The accident happened at about 7:30 p.m. local time when the aircraft, an Airbus A300 belonging to Egyptian cargo airline Tristar Air, went down between the towns of Afgoye and Arbiska. It happened after multiple failed attempts to land at Aden Adde International Airport, according to Somalia's Disaster and Emergency Management Agency.

A total of six Egyptian nationals were on board the aircraft, but all survived and only two of them suffered minor injuries, said Lt. Col. Paul Njuguna, a spokesman for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). It is believed that the aircraft was carrying a shipment for AMISOM, though Njuguna could not confirm that.

"The cargo plane was unable to land at [Aden Adde International Airport] and crash-landed in Afgoye, 3 kilometers from Arabiska. AMISOM and SNA soldiers have secured the area where it landed. All six on board are safe, two with minor injuries," Njuguna said.

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