1 January 2009

Somalia: Shabelle Reporter Killed

Somalia — Radio Shabelle's Hassan Mayow Hassan has been killed in Afgoi district 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of Mogadishu, witnesses said on Thursday.

Residents in Afgoi said Islamist insurgent group and other armed group have been exchanging gunfire in the town and the journalist was killed in the crossfire

It is yet unknown whether he was targeted or not.

The deceased journalist has been Shabelle Media Network's correspondent since 2006.

He is the first journalist killed in the New Year 2009 and at least ten journalists have been killed in Somalia for the last two years.

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