Mogadishu - Somali gunmen killed a female radio journalist
in Mogadishu, the latest in a string of reporters murdered in the war-ravaged
capital, colleagues and witnesses said on Monday.
Two men shot dead Rahmo Abdukadir, who worked for the
private Radio Abduwaq station, late on Sunday.
"One of our female staff members was shot and killed in
Mogadishu," said radio station director Abdikarin Ahmed.
"We don't know why she was killed but we are in
shock," he added.
Witnesses said men approached the reporter before firing
repeatedly and then running away.
"Two men armed with pistols shot the woman... they
fired their guns five times before fleeing," said witness Abdi Moalin
"There was another girl who accompanied the victim but
the gunmen did not target her, she ran away screaming for help," said Issa
Mohamed, another witness.
At least 18 media workers were killed in 2012 - double the
worst year on record and second only to war-torn Syria - but no one has been
charged with the killings.
Hope for stability
Abdukadir is the third journalist to be killed this year.
A journalist for Mogadishu's Radio Shabelle was shot dead in
January, while another journalist was killed when he was caught up in a suicide
bombing in the capital earlier this month.
Somalia's journalists have suffered a string of attacks,
including assassinations or bomb blasts often blamed on al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab
Other murders are also believed to be linked to struggles
within the multiple factions in power.
Last month Somalia's government offered a $50 000 reward for
information leading to the "successful conviction of a journalist
Somalia has been ravaged by conflict since 1991, but a new
UN-backed government took power last year.
Many have said the new government offers the most serious
hope for stability since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre more than two