MOGADISHU: Two gunmen shot dead a technician employed at Somalia’s state-run broadcaster Radio Mogadishu yesterday, the sixth media professional killed in the country this year, officials and a colleague said.
“Two men armed with pistols shot Ahmed Sharif and escaped the scene. He was rushed to hospital but he died instantly,” said colleague Mohamed Sacid.
Sharif was gunned down near his home in the capital Mogadishu just hours after Somalia publicly executed the only person to be convicted to date of killing a journalist in the country.
Eighteen media professionals were killed in Somalia in 2012.
Deputy Information Minister Abdishakur Ali Mire confirmed the killing to reporters.
“We condemn the killing,” he said. “He was an innocent who did nothing wrong and we expect the law enforcement departments to bring those responsible to justice.”