Opposition Forces Leave Somali Capital After Deadly Clashes

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Published on 7 May 2021, 18:21
Opposition fighters withdraw from the Somali capital, ending a tense standoff with pro-government troops, after a dispute over delayed elections triggered the country's worst political violence in years.

Hundreds of heavily armed gunmen pulled out of strongholds in Mogadishu they had occupied since late April, when a long-running political crisis turned deadly with clashes erupting between rival factions of the security forces.

Under a deal reached by the warring sides this week, opposition troops began leaving their positions in the capital, and key roads sealed off with sandbags and machine guns were opened once more.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's term ended before elections were held, and protesters took to the streets against his rule.