Militiamen in Somalia have attacked army positions in the capital, Mogadishu, close to the Presidential Palace, the country’s government has said.
In a short statement, the security minister said the attack had been repelled.
Residents reported hearing the sound of heavy gunfire.
It came hours before Somali opposition parties plan to hold a protest against President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo remaining in office.
His term expired last week, without the selection of a successor, throwing Somalia into a political crisis.
President Farmajo is expected to hold a meeting with Somalia’s five regional presidents as part of efforts to end the deadlock