Qatar condemns suicide bombing in Somalia that killed senior journalist
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Qatar has become the latest country to condemn an Al-Shabaab attack in Mogadishu that left one journalist dead and another seriously injured in the country’s latest security incident.
The explosion killed a journalist attached to Radio Mogadishu, drawing condemnation from various government institutions. It is not known why the attackers targeted the journalist, but the militants attacked innocent civilians.
In a statement on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry reiterated Qatar’s firm stance rejecting violence and terrorism, whatever the motives and reasons. The Gulf nation has supported the federal government in the fight against Al-Shabaab.
The ministry also underlined its total refusal to target journalists, media professionals and freedom of opinion and expression. Journalists have borne the brunt of repeated attacks inside the country.
The statement expressed Qatar’s condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Somali government and people, wishing the injured a speedy recovery. However, it was the first attack targeting journalists in as many months.
Opposition leader Abdirahman Abdishakur on Sunday raised questions about the silence of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo over the murder of Radio Muqdisho director Abdiaziz Afrika in Mogadishu on Saturday evening by an Al-Shabaab suicide bomber who hit his vehicle in front of a restaurant.
The attack comes as Somalia is weighing several options, including accepting the plan to have a joint mission with the United Nations in the country. The African Union endorsed the idea despite the fact that Somalia is still reluctant.
Al-Shabaab still remains a major threat in the country in addition to controlling large swathes of rural central and southern Somalia. AU forces and the Somali National Army have succeeded in expelling them from some strategic arrears.