Two unidentified gunmen killed Farhan as he walked home from work in Galkayo, a town in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, at around 8 p.m., local journalists told CPJ. The assailants shot him three times in the back and once in the hand, local journalists said.
Farhan started working with Radio Daljir in 2006 as a reporter and then became a producer, editor, and host. He was also a correspondent for the Mogadishu-based Simba Radio.
Farhan's colleagues told CPJ the journalist had received unspecified threats from an anonymous caller a few days before the attack. Local journalists said they suspected Al-Shabaab insurgents had killed Farhan for his coverage of the conflict between insurgent groups and the government-allied forces in Somalia. Al-Shabaab insurgents have fought against the Puntland administration since 2007, according to news reports.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack. Farhan is survived by a wife and three children.