Wednesday, October 31, 2012

TV journalist assassinated in northern Somalia

October 24, 2012

Gunmen shot dead a Somali journalist in the northern town of Las Anod on Tuesday (October 23rd), AFP reported, bringing the number of journalists killed in Somalia this year to 17.
Ahmed Farah Ilyas, 25, worked with London-based independent Universal TV. "He was heading home in Las Anod when three men armed with handguns shot him several times," said colleague Feysal Jama. "He died instantly and the gunmen escaped."
The attack comes two days after gunmen seriously wounded Shabelle Media Network journalist Mohamed Mohamud Tuuryare in Mogadishu.
Local police official Dahir Adan confirmed the killing and said that while police were investigating the attack, no arrests had been made.
Ilyas had been arrested several times by Somaliland police and released without charges each time, according to Somalia's RBC Radio. On October 12th, police in Las Anod briefly held Ilyas and two other journalists, accusing them of airing programmes in support of newly appointed Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon.
Las Anod is controlled by Somaliland authorities, but is part of contested territory with Puntland.

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