Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Somali journalist gunned down in Mogadishu

Somali journalist Abdiaziz Ali Haji has
been shot dead in the capital
Mogadishu on Tuesday evening by
unidentified gunmen.

The radio journalist was killed by two
men with pistols who fled the scene
immediately, Police Major Mohamed
Nur told Reuters.
Abukar Sheikh, manager of Radio
Shabelle where Abdiaziz works said
“unidentified men armed with pistols
killed our colleague this evening”.
No group has claimed responsibility for
his death.
The National Union of Somali
Journalists (NUSOJ) released a
statement condemning the killing and
appealed to the government to urgently
investigate and punish the
perpetrators.
“We are quite sorry that attacks
against journalists still continue in
Somalia and this is indeed
unacceptable for all of us,” Mahir
Jama Aden, President of NUSOJ said.
Journalists in Somalia have been a
regular target for militant group al-
Shabaab which is fighting the Western-
backed government to set up an
Islamic caliphate in the country.
A young Somali female journalist, Sagal
Salad Osman, who worked for state-run
media SNTV, was also killed in
Mogadishu in June.