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Second Media Director Killed in Mogadishu

By National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)

MOGADISHU, Somalia, February 29, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The National Union of Somali Journalists, while saddened by the killing of the Somaliweyn Radio director condemns the strongest terms possible to the shooting to death of the media in Mogadishu in a month.

Two men armed with pistols shot to death Abukar Mohamed Kadaf, the director of Somaliweyn radio in front of his home in Wadajir neighborhood on Tuesday evening, around 6:00pm.

Witnesses said the gunmen shot late Kadaf at the head and chest and fled the area immediately. Abukar kadaf was rushed to Madina

Hospital, where he was confirmed dead. It was not immediately clear

the reason behind his killing.

Abdullahi Mohamed Nor, a relative said that, “The gunmen shot two bullets, one the head and the other the chest in front of his house near Madina market in Wadajir district.”

Somaliweyn Radio was looted by the Shabab in 2010 and there were plans Abukar Kadaf was trying to resume the radio operation back on air.

“We condemn the shooting to death of late Abukar Kadaf in the strongest terms possible and call for the transitional federation government to carryout throughout investigations in ending the impunity.” Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, “We send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Abukar and Ask Allah to reward him paradise.”

Late Abukar Kadaf is the second media director killed in Mogadishu in a month. On January 28, 2012, Two unknown gunmen armed with pistols shot five rounds and killed Hasan Osman Abdi (Fantastic), director of Radio Shabelle near his home in Nasteeho neighborhood in Mogadishu.

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