Prominent Somali Female MP among 15 Killed in Bombing

A prominent and outspoken Somali female lawmaker is among 15 people killed in a suicide bombing that hit a polling station in the town of Beledweyne, the capital city of Somalia’s Hiran region, police said on Thursday.

The bomber ran towards and embraced opposition MP Amina Mohamed Abdi before detonating a bomb as she campaigned ahead of parliamentary elections this week, according to a witness quoted by the Associated Press.

Ahmed Hassan, a police officer said that the 15 people killed were “mostly civilians” and the attack wounded “an unspecific number” of people.

Abdi was an outspoken critic of the government and had accused the authorities of trying to stop her from running for parliament.

“Somalia has lost a promising giant leader, an activist, a fearless advocate who finally paid the ultimate price for seeking justice for Ikran Tahlil. We spent time chatting yesterday and I was moved by her intellect, optimism, and plans for Somalia,” MP Abdirizak Mohamed said in a tweet.

Abdi was advocating for an investigation into the killing of Ikran Tahlil, a female intelligence officer who went missing in June.

Meanwhile, Somali’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble condemned the attack.

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