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3 killed 89 others wounded in Somaliland opposition protests
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3 killed 89 others wounded in Somaliland opposition protests

At least three civilians were killed and 89 others wounded in demonstrations in Hargeisa  staged by Somaliland opposition parties supporters demanding that presidential elections not to be postponed.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday night, Somaliland President Muse Bihi sent condolences to the families of the people who lost their lives adding the opposition party leaders of Waddani Abdirahman Mohamed Irro and Faisal Ali Warabe of UCID chairman will be held  responsible for the loss of lives and destruction of properties as a result of the chaotic protest.

“As you are all aware there were unwarranted deaths and injuries of civilians. This could not have happened had the opposition followed the government directive to hold a peaceful protest.” Somaliland President Muse Bihi said.

Bihi accused the opposition of wanting to mantle of leadership by tarnishing the reputation of Somaliland.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in the capital Hargeisa and the cities of Burao and Erigavo after negotiations between the government and opposition parties broke down, with the latter accusing the authorities of seeking to delay the presidential election due in November.

The unrest has sparked worry among some Western nations, with the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Denmark and others releasing a joint statement expressing concern about “reports of public disorder and the excessive use of force” during Thursday’s protests.

Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991 but the move has not been recognised by the international community, leaving the Horn of Africa region of about four million people poor and isolated.

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