Senegal: CPJ says journalists among wounded in Mogadishu hotel attack

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - At least four journalists were wounded in Wednesday attack on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.

In a statement made available to PANA in Dakar, Senegal, on Thursday, CPJ disclosed that four militants rammed a car packed with explosives into the gate of the Dayah Hotel, near the presidential palace, leaping out before the explosives detonated and exchanging fire with security guards.

A second bomb went off after medics and journalists arrived at the scene, Hassan Ali Gesey, chairman of the Somali Independent Media Houses Association, told  CPJ.

At least 28 people have been killed in the attack and the militant group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

"Targeting medics and journalists arriving at the scene of an attack is a particularly cowardly, loathsome and sadly, common-tactic of violent extremists," remarked CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. "Journalists covering the aftermath of similar attacks should be aware of the risk of secondary attacks, and should proceed with extreme caution."

According to the statement, there has been varying reports on the number of journalists injured in the second blast.

But CPJ said at least four journalists wounded in the blast were in stable condition at a hospital in Mogadishu.

CPJ said its research indicated that some 62 journalists have been killed in Somalia since 1992, making it one of the world's most dangerous places to be a reporter.

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26 january 2017 18:39:54

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