Prominent journalists Ali Sharmarke and Mahad Ahmed Elmi were killed in Mogadishu in
two separate attacks on the same day. Unknown gunmen shot Elmi,
director of Capital Voice radio, a private station run by HornAfrik
Media, four times in the head at close range as he neared the door of
his office early that morning, according to news reports and local
journalists. He bled to death after being rushed to the hospital.
30, hosted a popular daily morning talk show in which Mogadishu
residents phoned in reports about neighborhood issues such as crime and
government security operations.
Sharmarke, founder and
co-owner of HornAfrik Media, was killed just hours later after
attending Elmi's funeral. The black Land Cruiser in which he was riding
was struck by a remotely detonated landmine, according to the local
news reports. None of the more than 20 other vehicles in the funeral
procession was hit.
Sharmarke, 50, who had dual Canadian and
Somali citizenship, was survived by two wives and two children,
Horn-Afrik co-manager Mohamed Mohamud Elmi told CPJ. Elmi was survived
by a wife and two children, according to news reports.
Job: Columnist / Commentator, Editor, Producer
Beats Covered: War
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group
Taken Captive: No
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