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Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Abukar Hassan Mohamoud

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 18 December 2012
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Somaliweyn Radio
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
Taken Captive:No
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