A journalist working for a popular radio station in Mogadishu was killed by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday according to his employers.

Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali, who worked for the Shabelle radio station, was shot numerous times while he visited his parents in a northern district of the city.

Shabelle owner, Abdimalik Yusuf Mohamed praised Ali, saying that he was a professional and dedicated journalist who carried out his work in a responsible manner.

“His death shocked us all and we don’t know why he was targeted,” he said.

A journalist working for a popular radio station in Mogadishu was killed by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday according to his employers.

Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali, who worked for the Shabelle radio station, was shot numerous times while he visited his parents in a northern district of the city.

Shabelle owner, Abdimalik Yusuf Mohamed praised Ali, saying that he was a professional and dedicated journalist who carried out his work in a responsible manner.

“His death shocked us all and we don’t know why he was targeted,” he said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the killing.

The attack was the second killing of a journalist this year in Somalia, one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists who face extreme danger on a daily basis.

In June, producer and presenter at Muqdishu radio station, Sagal Salad Osman, was shot dead in Mogadishu in a similar attack.

Journalists are regularly targeted by militant group Al Shabaab in their ongoing battle against the Somali government, and Reporters Without Borders listed Somalia as the 167th place out of 180 countries in its world press freedom index for 2016.

Source: AFP