Gunmen have shot dead a 25-year-old Somali journalist in the northern town of Lasanod, the latest of a string of murders targeting reporters and bringing the toll of those killed this year to 16, his colleagues said.
Ahmed Farah Sakin, who was working with the London-based Universal TV station, was shot several times by unknown assailants late on Tuesday in the disputed town.
“He was heading home in Lasanod when three men armed with hand guns shot him several times. He died instantly and the gunmen escaped,” colleague Feysal Jama said on Wednesday.
“It’s a shocking murder, and part of the anti-media campaign,” Abdullahi Ahmed Nor, a fellow journalist, said on Wednesday. “It was a big loss for us, his friends and family.”