30 March 2011

Somalia: Journalist Fatally Wounded In Football Match Coverage

press release

Somali Sports journalist, covering football match, was fatally wounded in Mogadishu on Tuesday Afternoon,  29 March 2011 around 17:00hrs local time, by stray bullet, NUSOJ reported.

Ahmed Hassan Ahmed, a sports reporter for SIMBA radio based in Mogadishu was hit by stray bullet in the stomach, seriously damaging the intestines, bladder and kidneys.  Ahmed fell to the ground when he was hit by the bullet, receiving wounds from left shoulder as well, according to an eyewitness journalist.

“As we were covering the match between SITT and Dekadaha, Ahmed fell to the ground at the second half of the match ” Shafici Mohyadin Abokor, Press officer of Somali Football Federation, “We are very much upset by this tragedy.”

Ahmed Hassan Ahmed was immediately rushed to Madina Hospital where he was hospitalized.  Doctors of Madina Hospital performed surgery at the stomach on Wednesday morning, according to family members and director of the SIMBA radio.

“Ahmed went under medical surgery and now is unconscious and we don’t know how his health would be as he was seriously wounded by the bullet penetrating many parts of his body.” Abdullahi Ali Farah known as Atosh, Director of SIMBA radio who was at the hospital on Wednesday morning said.

The match between SITT and Dekadaha was taking place to a football field at Hodan district, where an intense gun battle between the government allied African union forces and the Shabab was taking place.

In another incident, a female journalist who works for the Mogadishu based Radio Voice of Peace,  has been wounded by a stray bullet on 13 March, 2011, around 16:30hrs local time at the same neighborhood of Hodan.

Miss. Samiira Mohamed Ali was hit by a stray bullet upon her return from work on 13 March, 2011.  She was wounded by chest and right shoulder, she was admitted to Madina Hospital and now she is recovering and her health condition is good.

“We are appalled by the constant journalists’ casualties during the daily street battles in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, while trying to cover the news.” Said Mohammed Ibrahim, NUSOJ acting Secretary General.  “We praise for their courageous reporting and ask Allah for immediate recovery.”

Dozens of civilians are wounded or killed by stray bullets in Mogadishu each day.

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