Somali PM speaks about the escalating situation in Las Anod city

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MOGADISHU (SMN) – The prime minister of Somalia Hamza Abdi Barre spoke again about the developing situation in Las Anod, the regional capital of Sool, north of the country.

 

Barre reiterated his government’s concerns over the continuing atrocities against the unarmed civilians by Somaliland security forces for staging peaceful protests in the city.

He called for genuine dialogue to end the violence that claimed the lives of at least 20 people, including women and children while scores were wounded.

The PM’s remarks come amid escalating tension in the town as armed residents took over the positions from Somaliland forces who left their bases following a public uprising.

The US and other international partners called for calm and restraint and the Tensions must be resolved through de-escalation and dialogue.

“Preventing violence and ensuring the protection of civilians is paramount,” they added.

The leader of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abid has accused the Federal government of Somalia of inciting the Las Anod people and warned of negative consequences over the Puntland provocation.

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