Saturday May 5 2012

Gunmen kill journalist in Somalia


A journalist working with a local broadcaster was on Wednesday killed in Galkayo, 750km north of Somalia capital Mogadishu. Mr Farhan ‘James’ Abdulle, who worked with Daljir Radio, was attacked by armed men in the evening as he was heading home in the northern part of the town controlled by Puntland, a semi-autonomous state in the northeastern Somalia.

Mr Abdulle was seriously wounded and died while medical staff at the town’s general hospital were attempting to save his life. The killers fled the scene before Puntland police arrived.

In March, another journalist Ali Ahmed Abdi, was killed in the same town. Somalia continues to be one of the worst places in the world for journalists to operate. So far, five journalists have been killed this year.