SOMALIA: Supporters of president Sharif clash with Pro-Farmajo demonstrators, 1 killed [Photos]
Mogadishu (RBC) At least one young person was shot dead while three others including a security guard were wounded after supporters of Somalia’s Ex prime minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (better known as Farmaajo) clashed with the supporters of TFG president Sharif Sheikh on Thursday in Mogadishu, RBC Radio reports.
The clashes started after supporters of Ex prime minister, now a presidential candidate gathered at Sayidka Square at Wardhigley district near the presidential palace of Villa Somalia where they were holding a demonstration to support Farmajo’s returning back to Mogadishu today.
Eye witnesses at the scene told RBC Radio that armed men who were driving small vehicle and holding the pictures of president Sharif attempted to disperse the pro-Farmaajo demonstrators and opened fire on them.
“We only gathered this morning to receive and show our ambition to Farmaajo’s candidacy but unfortunately the pro-president loyalists attacked us.”a demonstrator told RBC Radio today.
The clashes occurred just hours after the Ex prime minister who is an influential candidate has returned from abroad to Mogadishu. In his first press conference he condemned today’s clashes as he called for full investigation against those who were responsible for the attack.
“It is undemocratically and against the freedom of expression to kill a Somali citizen just only to express his views” Farmaajo told reporters at his residency in Mogadishu.
“We can not accept people being killed while the criminals are still enjoying impunity. Not only today but the whole time” he added.
Meanwhile a press statement from the national security committee chaired by the president which RBC Radio received on Thursday night said that all candidates are required to refrain from any activities which could create insecurity during the pre-election period.
“The candidates should not use the national army as for their special purposes” the statement emailed to RBC Radio said.