Unknown gunmen have shot dead a journalist in Somalia in the latest of a string of fatal attacks targeting members of media in the lawless Horn of Africa nation, Press TV reports.
Abdihared Osman Aden, a veteran producer for Shabelle Media Network, was shot several times at around 7 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) on Friday when three assailants, armed with pistols, opened fire on him as he was walking to work in the Wadajir district of Mogadishu.
“He left his house on Friday morning to go to work, but was reportedly killed near his home. He was rushed to Mogadishu’s Medina Hospital, but pronounced dead upon arrival,” Mohamed Ali, one of his colleagues, told Press TV.
Meanwhile, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has deplored the attack, saying it was deeply concerned over the rampant attacks on journalists in Somalia.
“We condemn the unspeakable violence against media professionals in Somalia. We will stand firm in our demands on the Somali authorities to support the victim’s family,” Gabriel Baglo, the IFJ Africa Director, said.
Aden is the fifth Shabelle journalist killed over the past 13 months. Shabelle director Hassan Osman Abdi, better known locally as Hassan Fantastic, was gunned down outside his Mogadishu home on January 28, 2012.
Twelve journalists were killed in Somalia in 2012 -- all of them targeted murders -- making the country the most dangerous in Africa for journalists.
In November, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud called on Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon to set up a task force to investigate the cases of journalist killings in Somalia.
Press rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders has called 2012 the "deadliest year" on record for journalists in Somalia, surpassing 2009 - when nine died.