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GUNFIRE, GRENADES KILL 13, WOUND 17 IN MOGADISHU

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on and lobbed hand grenades into a crowd today in south Mogadishu, killing 13 and seriously wounding 17.

The incident is the most serious breach of a cease-fire agreed to earlier this month by Somalia's three main faction leaders.

Eight men and a woman died on the spot after five gunmen driving by south Mogadishu's busy Barubah junction in a pickup truck opened fire with machine guns and threw hand grenades into a group of passers-by.

The junction is the part of Mogadishu controlled by militiamen loyal to faction leader Hussein Aidid.

Four others died later in a hospital, and another 17 were in critical condition, hospital sources said.

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