Sunday, January 29, 2012

Somalian Radio Journalist Hassan Fantastic Killed

Somali radioman Hassan Fantastic killed

Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:57PM GMT

Unknown assailants have shot and killed the managing director of a respected private Somali radio station in front of his home in Mogadishu, Press TV reports.

Two men armed with pistols stopped Hassan Osman Abdi, the managing director of Radio Shabelle, on Saturday as he was heading home from work. The gunmen then shot him several times in the head and shoulders. Abdi died on the spot.

Muhiyadin Hassan, one of Abdi's colleagues, told Press TV that Abdi was immediately rushed to Medina hospital in southern Mogadishu. However, he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Ahmed Haasan Ma'alin, a government security officer, confirmed the incident and blamed the al-Shabab militant group for the terrorist attack.

Radio Shabelle interrupted its programs to broadcast several verses from the Holy Qur'an as an expression of mourning for the slain 29-year-old managing director, who was popularly known as Hassan Fantastic.

Abdi was the third managing director of the Shabelle media network to be killed. Bashir Nur Gedi was killed in Mogadishu on October 19, 2007, and Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe was assassinated in 2009.

Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since 1991, is considered 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.

A man wearing a military uniform shot and killed a journalist working for the local Horn Cable television station on a Mogadishu street last December. And a Malaysian cameraman was gunned down in the Somali capital two months earlier.

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