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Somali Radio Journalist Shot Dead in Mogadishu

Somali Radio Shabelle stringer, Abdi Aziz Mohamed Ali (Haji), right, was gunned down by two men armed with pistols as he was on his way to home in Mogadishu’s Yaqshid district, relatives confirmed to Radio Shabelle, Sept. 27, 2016.

Somali radio journalist Abdi Aziz Ali Haji has been shot dead in Mogadishu.

Director of Shabelle radio Abukar Sheikh Mohamud told VOA that two men armed with pistols on a motorbike shot and killed Haji in Yaqshid district on Tuesday evening.

Mohamud said the victim was walking when he was targeted.

“He did not come to work today he was on leave, he was visiting his father and relatives who live in that area,” Mohamud said.

Shabelle Radio has lost the most journalists of all media organizations Somalia. Haji is the 13th journalist working for the station killed since 2007. Eleven of them were gunned down while two others died in al-Shabab suicide attacks.

The National Union of Somali Journalists NUSOJ strongly condemned the killing.