A global media watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), on Tuesday called on Somali authorities to investigate the suicide bombing that killed a senior journalist and injured two others in Mogadishu on Saturday.
Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, who worked as director of the government-owned Radio Mogadishu, was killed by a suicide attack as he was leaving a restaurant.
Sharmarke Mohamed Warsame, a director of the government-owned Somali National TV, and driver Abdukadir Abdullahi Nur, were injured in the attack.
Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator, said Somalia is one of the most dangerous places for journalists in the world and the latest tragic attack is just another example of that.
“A thorough and transparent investigation into the attack that killed Guled and injured Warsame and Nur is critical for authorities to signal that they are serious about reversing the impunity that prevails in journalists’ killings in Somalia,” Quintal said in a statement.
According to the media watchdog, a question about how the attackers knew Abdiaziz was behind the tinted windows of a car that was not his own, heightened the need for a thorough investigation.
The militant group al-Shabab took responsibility for the attack.
It was not clear how the suicide bomber identified the journalists’ vehicle and got knowledge of their movement. Enditem