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.