Thursday, March 01, 2012

Scores Killed During US Drone Attack In Somalia

Scores killed in US drone attack in Somalia

Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:28PM GMT

A US assassination drone has killed scores of people in an attack on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Press TV reports.

Also on Tuesday night, the unmanned American spy planes attacked a number of targets in southern Mogadishu.

In another incident a US spy drone crashed near Halane military base in southern Mogadishu.

Somali officials confirmed that the US drone crashed on Wednesday in the southern part of the capital.

The American military has also used the unmanned aircraft in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen. Washington claims the airstrikes target militants but they mostly result in civilian casualties.

Somalia has been without an effective central government and descended into chaos since 1991, when warlords overthrew former junta ruler Mohamed Siad Barre.

Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.

Radio Somaliweyn director gunned down in Mogadishu

Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:35PM GMT

The director of a private Somali radio station has been killed in Mogadishu, Press TV reports.

Three gunmen shot Abukar Hassan Kadaf, the director of Radio Somaliweyn, several times in the head in front of his home in Mogadishu's Wadajir district on Tuesday.

“Kadaf was shot dead by the gunmen... He was rushed to Mogadishu’s Medina hospital but pronounced dead upon arrival,” local journalist Muhiyadin Hassan told Press TV.

No group has claimed responsibility for the killing. Hassan, however, blamed the al-Shabab militant group for the terrorist attack.

Radio Somaliweyn is an independent station based in north Mogadishu. The radio station was attacked in 2010 by al-Shabab rebels, who stole a transmitter and a computer.

Kadaf was the second journalist murdered in Mogadishu this year.

On January 28, 2012, two men armed with pistols shot Hassan Osman Abdi, the managing director of Radio Shabelle, as he was heading home from work. Abdi, who was also known as Hassan Fantastic, died on the spot.

Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since 1991, is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.

Reporters Without Borders (Reporteurs Sans Frontieres), reported in December 2011 that 25 journalists had been killed in Somalia since 2007.

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