At least 30 people have been killed, and several others injured, following multiple suicide attacks in the agricultural city of Beledweyn in Hiran region of Somalia on Wednesday evening.

The attack, which was claimed by the Al Shabab terrorist group, had killed a member of Parliament Amina Mohamed, former assembly members and several Security Agents.

Amina Mohamed, a vocal critic of the government known for her fiery speeches, was killed as she approached a building housing leaders of Somalia’s Hirshabele state. Amina Mohamed, who was seeking reelection in the next Somali elections, was in the city to defend her seat.

“I heard a huge blast, I went to the scene which is just at the entrance of the state house,” local elder, Aden Farah, told the Reuters news agency by telephone.

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble released a statement on social media condemning: “I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on Amina Mohamed in Beledweyne tonight.”

He also ordered the country’s security agencies to carry out a thorough investigation into the killing of the lawmaker, who he described as an exemplary politician.

The attacks comes hours after Security Forces shot dead two armed terrorists who attempted to force their way into Army base near Mogadishu’s Adan Abdulle International Airport. An attack which was also claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked armed group Al-Shabab.

The injured are expected in Mogadishu today for treatment.

Somalia, which is set to hold its general elections, has been ravaged by activities of different Islamist militant and insurgent groups since the 1980s. Al Shabaab has endured as the most potent insurgent force in Somalia for almost two decades. The group controlled Mogadishu until 2011, when AU troops pushed it out, but they still hold territory in the countryside.

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