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Gunmen kill Somali radio comedian in Mogadishu

Monday, October 29, 2012

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Gunmen have shot dead a Somali journalist and radio comedian in the south of the country's capital, Mogadishu Press TV reports.

The incident took place on Monday in Wabiri district where two unknown assailants killed Warsamme Shire Awale who worked for Kulmiye radio.

Earlier in the day, a Somali radio journalist identified as Mohamed Mohamud Turyare died of his injuries in a hospital in the capital, days after gunmen shot him.

On October 21, unknown attackers opened fire on Turyare -- a 25-year-old reporter for the independent Shabelle radio in Hawo Tako neighborhood of Wadajir district in Mogadishu.

According to reports, Somalia is one of the most dangerous places to operate as a journalist.

Press rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called 2012 the "deadliest year" on record for Somalia, surpassing 2009 - when nine died.

The Western-backed transitional government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab fighters for the past five years and is propped up by thousands of African Union forces from Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti.


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