Brother of Irish election candidate killed in Libya

Libyan people take part in a protest in the seaport city of Tobruk

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The brother of a candidate in Ireland’s general election has been killed in anti-Ghadaffi protests in Libya.

Libyan national Hussein Hamed (49) is an independent candidate in Dublin south, hopoing to attract the large Muslim vote.

He stated his brother,  Abdulkareem Hamed (20) was killed on Sunday when hit by anti-aircraft fire.

"My understanding is he was shot by anti-aircraft fire as he was about to throw a stone in front of the Republican Guards," Hamed told the Irish Independent.

"My family is now is in a state of shock," he said of "But at least we are proud that one of our family died fighting for Libya."

He is the third member of Ireland’s Libya community who have lost a loved one n recent days
A hospital consultant Dr Ibrihim El Sherif led a group of 60 Libyans who marched to the Irish parliament yesterday  "More than 300 people have died in the last four days in Libya; thousands more are injured," he said.

"We want freedom. We want justice. We want freedom of expression, we want the freedom that we can go to the ballot box like the Irish people in coming days," he said.

"We don't have it there and we haven't had it for the last 42 years. We have only a one-man show," he said

There are 40 Irish living in Libya and all are safe so far.

Retired Dublin City University professor Helena Sheehan is among the Irish in Tripoli. She was due to deliver a lecture there .

"Most foreigners were checking out of hotel this morning to leave the country. It's eerie. The situation is very tense. State TV has been showing happy singing and dancing, montages of Gaddafi and pro-government demos," she wrote.

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