Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Confirmed: Abdulkhafar Abdulkadir
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2010|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Confirmed: Abdulkhafar Abdulkadir, January 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e6496aa23.html [accessed 21 October 2014]|
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December 3, 2009, in Mogadishu, Somalia
Three journalists were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a Benadir University graduation ceremony in the capital, Mogadishu.
In all, the explosion claimed the lives of at least 23 people, including several top government officials, according to news reports. Hassan Zubeyr, a cameraman for Al-Arabiya television, and Mohamed Amin, a Radio Shabelle reporter, were pronounced dead at the scene. Abdulkadir, a freelance photographer, died at a local hospital later in the day.
Minister of Information Dahir Mohamud Gelle told reporters that the suicide bomber was a suspected Al-Shabaab insurgent who was targeting government ministers attending the ceremony at the Hotel Shamo. Gelle said Health Minister Qamar Aden, Education Minister Ahmed Abdullahi, and Higher Education Minister Ibrahim Hassan were killed. The minister of sports and tourism, Suleiman Olad Roble, died two days later from injuries suffered in the attack.
Abdulkadir, 28, had gained attention in September, when he was the sole photojournalist to cover a suicide attack against African Union peacekeepers.
|Beats Covered:||Culture, War|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Crossfire/Combat-Related|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|