Heavy gunfire has broken out in Somalia’s capital as opposition leaders defied a ban on public gatherings to protest about delayed elections.
The president’s term expired last week, without the selection of a successor, throwing Somalia into a crisis.
Overnight, the government says militiamen attacked army positions in Mogadishu, close to the presidential palace.
Most roads in the city have been closed and special forces deployed.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as “Farmajo”, is expected to hold a meeting with Somalia’s five regional presidents as part of efforts to end the deadlock