Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Abukar Hassan Mohamoud
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||18 December 2012|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Abukar Hassan Mohamoud, 18 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5107a0c628.html [accessed 9 March 2014]|
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February 28, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia
Unidentified gunmen shot veteran journalist Abukar, nicknamed "Kadaf," five times in the head and chest at around 6 p.m. in the Wadajir District of the capital, Mogadishu, local journalists told CPJ. Abukar, 49, died of his injuries at Medina Hospital soon after the attack.
Abukar had been trying to re-launch the private station Somaliweyn Radio after it was raided and looted by Al-Shabaab insurgents in May 2010, local journalists told CPJ. Although the killers were not immediately identified, family members and colleagues believe Abukar was murdered for his efforts to re-establish the broadcaster, which had continued operating as a website after the raid.
Abukar was active in youth organizations and helped organize protests in Mogadishu against Al-Shabaab operations. Abukar is survived by his wife and four children.
|Beats Covered:||Human Rights, Politics|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|