Gunmen murder Journalist and wife in Somalia

Published: April 30, 2015

Daud Ali Omar
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a local Somali journalist and his wife in Baidoa city, which is some 256 kilometers northwest from Mogadishu causing widespread anger and shock.
According to witnesses, the gunmen attacked Daud Ali Omar while at his home on Wednesday evening and sprayed bullets at him and wife before managing to escape the scene.
The motive of the murder is yet unclear and no group has claimed the responsibility.
Media associations across the country have condemned the murder and urged the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly.
Somalia is regarded as one of the riskiest countries in the world to be a journalist. More than 30 journalists have been killed in the country since 2007, according to Reporters without Borders.
Attacks on journalists are often blamed on Islamist Shebab fighters battling the internationally backed government, but some are also believed to be linked to a settling of scores within the multiple factions in power.
Journalists have expressed outrage at the separate attacks against their colleagues and have demanded from the Somalia authorities ensure journalists’ safety.
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