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Somali opposition forces are fighting in Mogadishu

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Clashes have erupted in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, between different parts of the security forces.

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Reports said heavy weapons were used and limestone circles were thrown near the presidential palace.

Some military units support President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed while others oppose him.

Last week Mr Mohamed – known as Farmajo – controversially approved a two-year extension. His term of office expired in February.

The move was widely criticized by the international community, including the UN and the African Union.

Reports from Mogadishu on Sunday said what began as civil strife erupted in other parts of the city, including the central areas.

Local media reported that the fighting was between pro-government forces and military units that supported the opposition, but other former warlords and clan leaders were also involved in the clashes.

It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries.

Caasimada Online, a privately owned website, said anti-government protesters had taken to the streets, burning tires, and rebel forces had taken control of northern parts of Mogadishu.

Some military units are reportedly holding back opposition leaders

The protesters reportedly sang: “We do not want an extension. We do not want Farmajo. We do not want a dictatorship.”

Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and opposition leader Abdirahman Abdishakur said pro-government troops attacked their homes.

In a post on Twitter, Mr Abdishakur said the opposition had “warned against doing politics for the army”.

Somalia is in a state of political and economic turmoil

Later on Sunday, Somali security minister Hassan Hundubey Jimale blamed unnamed foreign powers for the violence.

In a televised statement, he said organized militant groups had been sent to Mogadishu to cause unrest, and that security forces had now taken action.

“People who do not care about their people and the country have organized militias, refused to listen to peace agreements and attacked Mogadishu today,” the minister said. “Security forces put an end to the militant attack [by force] after attempts to calm the situation peacefully failed. ”

Somalia has been embroiled in conflict for decades but has been on the verge of stability since 2012 when a new international-backed government was installed.

However, elections delayed following the end of President Mohamed’s decree in February have plunged the country into a new turmoil. Other international donors have also withdrawn, resulting in a lot of money for the government.

Somalia’s elections are held under a complex system in which the elders elect members of parliament, who in turn elect the president.

But this time there has been a regional debate over how power is distributed – and the ranks on the new election commission.

The UN Security Council said on Friday that the political obstacle was focusing on serious problems including the epidemic, locust invasion and Islamist militants.

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