Al-Shabab, Somalia’s Islamic rebel group, claimed responsibility for the attack. The 15 people killed were “many civilians” and the attack hurt “countless numbers” of people, police officer Ahmed Hassan told AP by phone.
“I was just a short distance from the polling station when the assassin rushed to a member of Amina’s parliament and grabbed him and set himself on fire,” said Dhaqane Hassan the eyewitness. “The guns were fired into the air by the soldiers who saw the tremors, however, he was killed immediately.”
Abdi, a judge killed at a polling station, is in Beledweyne campaigning for re -election in an election that is expected to take place this week.
“Somalia has lost a promising leader, a motivator, a fearless supporter who paid the ultimate price for finding justice for Ikram Tahlil,” said Abdirizak Mohamed, the lawyer. talking to a female intelligence officer who Abdi tried to research.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble condemned the attack.
Two other attacks in Beledweyne on Wednesday killed former lawyer Hassan Dhuhul, an elderly man and civilians living outside a barracks, police said. Further details on those attacks were not immediately available.
The attacks in Beledweyne came hours after the attack on the capital Mogadishu, where two al-Shabab militants tried to fortify their way to the international airport in the capital. Somali forces and the United States said they had ended the attack by killing the two attackers. At least six people were killed in that attack, with at least one African Union security guard, according to police. Authorities did not disclose the identity of the victims.
Al-Shabab, which has ties to al-Qaida, frequently launches attacks in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia. The rebels are fighting to impose strict Shariah law in Somalia. They opposed the federal government in Mogadishu and the occupation of foreign peacekeepers in the Horn of Africa.