Monday, July 09, 2012
The Somali government condemns the attempted assassination of the Universal Television journalist, Mr. Abdulkadir Omar Abdulle, who sustained serious injuries in the abdomen when two unidentified men shot him near his home at Wadajir District on yesterday evening in Mogadishu.
The Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, Abdulkadir Hussein Mohamed expressed strongly as he said, “We condemn this attempted assassination and call for investigations to bring to justice the perpetrators of this criminal act.”
The government urges the public to cooperate with the security forces to ensure organized criminal activities are tackled throughout the country, including terrorism which poses serious threat to society.
“The public should not allow the criminal groups to intimidate them with such cowardly acts, and should support the ongoing security operations in the capital that will certainly confront those who professed hostility against journalists as well as peace activists” said Minister Mohamed.
The Ministry of Information encourages anyone with information about the attempted assassination to forward any tips that would lead to the arrest of individuals responsible for the crime.
On the other hand, The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly condemned the act and called it barbaric, “We are deeply concerned about the continued assassinations and assassination attempts directed to the journalists at this critical time,” Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, “We call for urgent investigation into the matter.”