Kenya: Somali journo shot by gunmen

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the shooting attack on a Somali photographer in Mogadishu and called on authorities to thoroughly investigate the case and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Farhan Suleiman Dahir works for the state-run Radio Mogadishu, whose journalists have been targeted several times in recent years.

"Journalists like Farhan Suleiman Dahir are consistently targeted in Somalia with little follow-up by authorities," PANA on Wednesday quoted CPJ East Africa Representative Tom Rhodes as saying.

"We call on the Somali government to do its utmost to investigate and ensure the attackers are brought to justice or there is no hope that the cycle of impunity will be broken," he said.

Two gunmen shot Farhan in the Hodan district of the capital on Friday evening as he was returning home from work, the CPJ said. The assailants fled the scene before police arrived.

Farhan was taken to a local hospital where he is receiving treatment for injuries to his arms, chest, back, and head. Doctors have removed a bullet from the journalist's skull and another from his kidney, and he is critical condition.

Though there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, the Al-Shabaab militants, the terrorist group based in Somalia, are the suspected perpetrators.

Somalia is the deadliest country in Africa for journalists, according to CPJ.
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15 april 2015 11:06:46

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