Somali journalist killed with 2 others injured in suicide bombing in Mogadishu

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A suicide blast killed a director of government-owned Radio Mogadishu and injured two others including a director of national television in Mogadishu on Saturday evening, an official confirmed.

Deputy Minister of Information Abdirahman Yusuf Omar confirmed that the blast killed Abdiaziz Mohamed Guled, the director of Radio Mogadishu while Sharmarke Mohamed Warsame, the director of Somalia National Television and another official were seriously injured.

Omar told reporters that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who had strapped explosives in his waist.

Omar said that Guled was a very professional and prominent journalist in the media industry, having worked for the national radio and TV stations for the last 13 years during difficult times.

Prime Minister Mohamed Roble condemned the terrorist attack on three government media staff and extended condolences to their families and friends including colleagues at Radio Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab militants claimed responsibility for the attack. Enditem

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