Journalists Killed  |  Somalia

Abukar Hassan Mohamoud

Somaliweyn Radio

February 28, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia


Unidentified gunmen shot veteran journalist Abukar, nicknamed "Kadaf," five times in the head and chest at around 6 p.m. in the Wadajir District of the capital, Mogadishu, local journalists told CPJ. Abukar, 49, died of his injuries at Medina Hospital soon after the attack.

Abukar had been trying to re-launch the private station Somaliweyn Radio after it was raided and looted by Al-Shabaab insurgents in May 2010, local journalists told CPJ. Although the killers were not immediately identified, family members and colleagues believe Abukar was murdered for his efforts to re-establish the broadcaster, which had continued operating as a website after the raid.

Abukar was active in youth organizations and helped organize protests in Mogadishu against Al-Shabaab operations. Abukar is survived by his wife and four children.

Medium: Radio

Job: Editor

Beats Covered: Human Rights, Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: No

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