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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Somali Flare-Up Kills 7

MOGADISHU, Somalia () -- At least seven people have been killed and more than 20 wounded in fighting that apparently erupted as faction leader Hussein Aidid was leaving for an undisclosed mission abroad.

Witnesses said the fighting erupted late Monday when forces allied with rival faction leader Ali Mahdi Mohamed opened fire on Aidid's motorcade, which drove past a front line junction toward an airstrip 50 kilometers south of Mogadishu, the capital.

Foreign aid workers and Somalis close to Aidid said Aidid flew to Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday.