Somali radio journalist murdered

A veteran Somali journalist who had been trying to relaunch a radio station shut down by an extremist group has been shot dead.

Abukar Hassan Mohamoud, nicknamed Kadaf, was the former director of the private station Somaliweyn Radio. He was shot five times in the head and chest at his home in Mogadishu on 28 February.

Hassan, 49, died from his injuries in hospital soon after the attack by unidentified men.

A former colleague of Hassan told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that he had been trying to relaunch his radio station, which was forcibly closed and looted by Al-Shabaab insurgents in May 2010.

CPJ has documented the killings of four journalists in Mogadishu in the past six months. Somalia is the most dangerous country in Africa to work as a journalist, according to CPJ research.

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