MOGADISHU [SMN] – As the city of Las-Anod, the capital of the Sool region, is still in a state of tension due to violent protests, the international partners issued a joint statement.
The foreign diplomats in Mogadishu expressed concerns about the unrest and called for Preventing violence and ensuring the protection of civilians which they said is paramount.
“We call for calm and self-control. Disputes should be resolved through mediation and dialogue,” said the statement obtained by Shabelle Media Network.
Somaliland troops who are in control of the city are using bullets as they try to disperse the peaceful protests. There are reports of people who have been killed and injured in the riots.
Local medics said as many as 20 people are dead and dozens wounded, some in critical condition and in dire need of proper treatment abroad.
Somaliland’s ministry of information blamed Mogadishu for being behind the Las-Anod violence and inciting local people’s anger against the Hargeisa administration.
The city, which lies on the Puntland-Somaliland border witnessed such protests in the past, which calls for autonomy and allowed people to decide their future in the state building.