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Somali journalist gunned down in Mogadishu

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.