Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Nov. 6

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FREETOWN -- Over 100 people have been killed in a fuel tanker explosion in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, police said Saturday.

The tragedy happened late Friday after the fuel tanker collided with a truck in the eastern part of the city and caused fuel leakage. (Sierra Leone-Explosion-Casualties)

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ALGIERS -- Italian President Sergio Mattarella kicked off on Saturday a two-day visit to Algeria at the invitation of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, aiming to boost bilateral cooperation, notably in the economic field.

Upon his arrival at Algiers International Airport, Mattarella was welcomed by Tebboune and a number of high-ranking officials. (Italy-Algeria-Ties)

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TEHRAN -- One Iranian soldier was killed on Friday in Iran's northwestern West Azerbaijan province during a border patrol, a semi-official website reported on Saturday.

Conscript serviceman Reza Hedayati was hit by bullet fire on Friday morning around Mount Bolfat, an area "used as a transit point by terrorists," Jame Jam Online which affiliated with state TV wrote.


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MOGADISHU -- The Somali National Army's (SNA) 60 Unit killed two al-Shabab militants and recovered weapons after conducting a special operation at a village in Lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia, officials said Saturday.

SNA said in a brief statement that the army conducted the sting operation on Friday night at Gorsarow near Bulamarer town where the troops killed two al-Shabab terrorists who were found planting landmines along the road. (Somalia-Militants) Enditem

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