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An Ethiopian military plane has crash-landed and burst into flames at Somalia’s Mogadishu airport, killing four crew members.

The plane belonged to the Ethiopian airforce and sources said it was carrying weapons and ammunition for AMISOM, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia run by the African Union, when it crashed early on Friday.

“It was a military cargo plane and there were six crew on board,” said a security official, who asked not to be named.

An African Union official said two crew members were rescued by emergency personnel and were being treated in the AU military hospital near the base.

AMISOM confirmed on its Twitter feed that the wrecked aircraft belonged to the Ethiopian airforce.

“The [AU] force commander expresses his heartfelt condolences to the government and the people of Ethiopia following the loss of crew members,” AMISOM tweeted.

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