PM Roble calls for dialogue following clashes in Mogadishu
Somalia's Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has called dialogue to end the stand-off in Mogadishu following clashes between federal government troops and those opposed to the extension of his four-year term. Speaking to journalists, Prime Minister Roble said he was saddened by the violence in Mogadishu and called for dialogue. ''I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that has disrupted security in the capital. I believe that dialogue is the best solution open to us, a process that I have begun and hope for success,'' said PM Roble. ''Let's work together for peace and stability in our country,'' added. On Sunday heavy fighting broke out between the pro-opposition military and government forces in several districts including Kaaraan, Howl-wadaag, and Hodan. Former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said that government troops attacked his residence in Abdiaziz district adding that President Farmajo will be responsible for any result. ''It is very unfortunate that an army under the command of the former president attacked my residence. I have already warned and reiterated the dangers of politicizing security. Farmajo is responsible for the consequences,'' Former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said in a tweet. Wadajir Party leader Abdirahman Abdishakur also claimed his house in house in Hodan district came under attack by government forces. Internal Security Minister Hassan Hundubey has denied federal government troops have attacked the residence of former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Wadajir party leader Abdirahman Abdishakur in the capital. Casualties of the clashes are yet unknown as the capital city is in complete lockdown.