Senegal: CPJ says two Somali journalists killed, three injured in bombings

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Two Somali journalists have been killed and three wounded in a twin bombing that targeted a restaurant frequented by journalists and officials in the south-central Somali town of Baidoa, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said late Monday.

According to CPJ's statement, Al Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the bombing on 5 December, which killed Abdulkadir Ahmed Mayow, a 27-year-old reporter for Somali Channel TV and Star FM and Mohamed Isaq Barre, a 25-year-old cameraman for Kalsan TV.
Meanwhile, Kalsan TV reporter Abdulkadir Hassan Jokar, Dalsan Radio reporter Mohamed Adan Socdaal, and SomSat TV reporter Abdulkadir Hassan Ibrahim were injured in the incident.

"This is the deadliest attack against the Somali press this year," remarked CPJ East Africa representative Tom Rhodes. "We urge authorities to do their utmost to target the masterminds and end a cycle of impunity for journalist murders in Somalia."

The journalists who all worked for privately-owned news outlets, were among at least 15 victims killed when a suicide bomber reportedly blew himself up before a car containing explosives was driven into the restaurant.

According to CPJ, in a radio message aired on the Al-Shabaab-run Radio Andalus, the militant group's spokesman Abdiaziz Abu Mus'ab claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was targeting Ethiopians, spies, and officials.

Somali journalists are often referred to as spies by the militia group, which has links to Al-Qaeda and has fought for control of Somalia since 2006.

Abdulkadir Hassan Ibrahim, who suffered severe shrapnel wounds, was airlifted on 7 December to a Mogadishu hospital set up for the African Union peacekeeping forces. The rest are being treated at Baidoa Hospital.
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09 december 2014 17:07:54

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