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Number of victims of blasts demanding the lives of Somali lawmakers rise to 48: Regional leader – SABC News

The number of victims of the two assassinations in which a parliamentary election candidate died in central Somalia on Wednesday rose to 48, the president of the state of Hirshabelle said on Thursday.

Eyewitnesses and relatives said Amina Mohamed, a sharp critic of the government, died in a suicide bomber in Beledweyne, about 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Mogadishu.

Eyewitnesses and relatives said Amina Mohamed, a sharp critic of the government, died in a suicide bomber in Beledweyne, about 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Mogadishu.

“Police in #Beledweyne have launched military operations to secure the city after 15 people died in last night’s suicide bombings,” Somali National Television told Twitter.

No one took responsibility for the attack.

In Somalia, parliamentary elections are being held in an indirect process in which the elders of the clan elect 275 members of the lower house, who then elect a new president at a date to be determined.

Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said in a late statement on Wednesday that Wednesday’s killings were aimed at disrupting the election.

According to the Election Commission, the election of 246 deputies has been completed so far, ahead of the April 15 deadline.

Number of victims of blasts demanding the lives of Somali lawmakers rise to 48: Regional leader – SABC News

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