Beledweyne: AMISOM troops open fire to disperse protesters

Hundreds of protesters with placards took into the streets of Beledweyne, the headquarters of Hiran region on Sunday.

The protesters are against the intervention of African Union peace-keeping troops to end the clan clashes in Deefow and Kabhanley localities as our correspondent reports.

Gunfire was heard across the town as AMISOM troops, Djiboutian forces opened fire on the protesters, no casualties reported so far.

The federal government of Somalia has formed a committee comprising of ministers to bring the sides into the negotiation table and resolve their differences. The committee immediately called the clan militias to cease fire.

This mass rally in the town comes a time when some elders who held press conference on Thursday after the formation of the committee blamed some of the ministers among the committee of inciting the clan clashes in the region.

The administration of Hiran region has declined to comment about the ongoing mass rally in Beledweyne.

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