Protection for Somali lawmakers urged

2012-05-03 10:31

Geneva - The organisation representing parliaments in more than 160 nations has urged authorities in Somalia to prevent more attacks on the country's lawmakers in the run-up to August legislative elections.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union on Wednesday condemned bombings in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation a day earlier, including a suicide attack that targeted a cafe in the town of Dhusomareb, north of the capital Mogadishu.

The attack on the cafe, where government and military officials were meeting as part of a delegation to help form a local government, killed at least two lawmakers and wounded several others.

Abdelwahad Radi, president of Geneva-based IPU, called on Somalia's government to make "every effort" to protect lawmakers before the scheduled elections.