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09/17/06 - Mogadishu, Somalia

Italian Nun Shot Dead by Somali Gunmen

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MOGADISHU, Somalia-- An Italian nun has been shot and killed in a Somali hospital that serves mothers and children.

It happened hours after a leading Muslim cleric condemned Pope Benedict for his remarks on Islam and violence. It's not clear if the shooting is related. There's been no claim of responsibility.

A doctor at the hospital in northern Mogadishu says the nun was shot in the back. He says her bodyguard and a hospital worker were also killed.

Two people have been arrested.

The Vatican calls the nun's killing "a horrible episode."

Earlier today, the pope said he was "deeply sorry" about the angry reaction to his remarks. He says the words came from a text that does not reflect his personal opinion.

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