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AFP
February 18, 2020

Somali journalist shot dead: police

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AFP
February 18, 2020

MOGADISHU: A Somali journalist has been shot dead near Mogadishu, police said Monday, in a country which has come under fire from rights groups over the harsh treatment and dangerous conditions facing reporters.

Freelance journalist Abdiweli Ali Hassan, was gunned down on Sunday in the town of Afgoye, some 30 kilometres from the capital. "Several gunmen attacked the journalist near his house and killed him. The police reached the area a few minutes after the shooting unfortunately, the killers have escaped before they had reached the scene," local police officer Abdirahman Aweys told AFP.

The journalist contributed to the London-based Somali channel Universal TV and the Mogadishu-based Kulmiye Radio Station.

The murder comes just days after Amnesty International said in a report that journalists in Somalia are "under siege", facing bombings, beatings, attacks and arrests.