Pressure mounts on Somali government to investigate murder of radio director

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Pressure mounts on Somali government to investigate murder of radio director

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The Federal Government of Somalia [FGS] is now under pressure to investigate the murder of a Radio Mogadishu journalist who was killed by people suspected of being Al-Shabaab militants last week in the Somali capital.

The Committee to Protect Journalists [CPJ] Now wants an investigation into the death of Abdiaziz Guled Afrika, despite Al-Shabaab militants claiming responsibility for the brutal attack which also seriously injured another writer.

According to CPJ, the circumstances surrounding Afrika’s murder have raised suspicion, noting that the case needs to be fully investigated. Al-Shabaab did not give the reasons for the death.

“A thorough and transparent investigation into the attack that killed Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled and injured Sharmarke Mohamed Warsame and Abdukadir Abdullahi Nur is essential for the authorities to signal their resolve to reverse the impunity that prevails in the killings of journalists in Somalia, ”CPJ Africa program said coordinator Angela Quintal.

Former National Intelligence and Security Agency [NISA] Director-General Ahmed Fiqi claimed that the journalist’s murder was planned by Al-Shabaab and other actors, but did not give many details to substantiate his claims.

Afrika died after the explosion of the vehicle he was in with his SNTV colleague Sharmarke Mohamed Warsame and driver Abdukadir Abdullahi Nur in the Bondheere district of Mogadishu. A suicide bomber allegedly jumped into the vehicle and detonated, killing the journalist instantly.

For years, Afrika had produced a Gungaar show on SNTV that featured former Al-Shabaab and ISIS militants. The television is run by the federal government of Somalia and Al-Shabaab has reportedly been angered by its program.

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