Senegal: CPJ says gunmen kill radio journalist in Somalia

Dakar, Senegal (PANA ) - The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that unidentified armed men killed Somali journalist, Daud Ali Omar, and his wife while calling on authorities to identify the motive in the murders and apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators.

In a statement, obtained here by PANA Monday, CPJ said gunmen broke in Daud's house at around 1.00am in Bardaale neighborhood in the south-central city of Baidoa and killed the journalist and his wife, Hawo Abdi, while they were sleeping.

The killers were said to have shot the two dead and fled the scene before the police arrived.

According to CPJ, Daud and his wife left behind three children.

"We condemn the murders of Daud Ali Omar and his wife, Hawo Abdi Aden, and call on the south-central administration of Somalia to do their utmost to investigate the terrible crime," remarked CPJ East Africa Representative, Tom Rhodes.

"Allowing the killers to remain at large will only add to the cycle of impunity and increasing violence we are witnessing in Baidoa."

CPJ said Daud, 35, was a producer for the pro-government, privately owned station Radio Baidoa which covered regional violence and local politics.

The station shared news and reporters with the state-run Radio Mogadishu and the journalist worked as a news reporter and produced a morning talk show called "Good Morning" for Radio Baidoa a few years ago.

According to CPJ, no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but local journalists and police suspected the militant insurgent group Al-Shabaab was responsible for the attack and cited the station's links to the government.

Local Somali Independent Media Houses Association was said to have condemned the attack and called for a thorough investigation.

The press freedom body pointed out that the murder of Daud and his wife were the latest in a string of attacks in Baidoa in recent months.  

''In the last two months, at least three moderate Islamic scholars have been killed by gunmen suspected of being affiliated to Al-Shabaab. In December, a car bomb explosion in a popular restaurant in Baidoa killed Mohamed Isaq, cameraman for the privately owned Kalsan TV station, and freelance journalist Abdulkadir Ahmed,'' the statement noted.
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 4May2015

04 may 2015 15:55:50

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