Al-Shabaab Kill Somali Journalist Who Criticised Them on Radio

Militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for killing a veteran journalist who campaigned against the activities of the proscribed group, in the latest attack on media freedom.

Abdiaziz Guled aka Afrika, the Director of state-owned Radio Mogadishu was killed in a targeted suicide bombing as he rode in a car with a colleague identified as Sharmarke Mohamed Warsame, the Director of Somali National TV, also a government media outlet.

Police said that a man wearing a suicide vest approached the vehicle in a busy street in Mogadishu as they left a restaurant and detonated it, killing Afrika instantly and wounding his colleague who is still fighting for his life at Mogadishu's Madina Hospital.

This is the second death of a journalist in 2021, directly linked to Al-Shabaab. In March, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said another reporter Jamal Farah Adan, a freelance Journalist whose radio programmes were also critical of Al-Shabaab and its operations was shot dead in Galmudug State, reports Aggrey Mutambo for The Nation.


Radio Mogadishu director and journalist, Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled (popularly known as Abdiaziz Africa) killed by a suicide bomber in Mogadishu, on Saturday November 20, 2021.

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