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Somaliland leader says five killed in opposition protests

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Associated Press

Omar Faruk

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somaliland's president said his opponents feared an election delay hours after police confirmed He shot dead a protester who said five people had died in the protests and accused him of disobeying police instructions.

In comments late Thursday, President Musewih Abdi said five of his people had been killed in the towns of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, and Burao and Erigabo, the northern region that separated from Somalia 30 years ago. Stated. independent country. He said nearly 100 people were injured, mostly members of the security forces.

The president blamed opposition groups for the unrest, He said unauthorized protests would not be tolerated. The Somaliland government has allowed protests to occur in six of his regions, but the opposition has opposed this.

Following Thursday's events, the United States, the European Union and other countries expressed concern over the "excessive use of force" and urged all sides to engage in dialogue on electoral roadmaps. issued a joint statement encouraging

Opposition leader Abdirahman Mohammed said he would continue the protests until presidential elections are held on November 13.

Hundreds of people took part in Thursday's protests after negotiations between the government and opposition parties broke down. He accused the authorities of trying to delay the election.