BBC journalist shot dead in Somalia

June 8th, 2008 - 3:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Mogadishu(Somalia), June 8 (DPA) Nasteh Dahir Farah, a reporter for the BBC and AP news agency, has been killed by unknown gunmen in the town of Kismayo, 500 km south of Mogadishu, his wife said. Idil Farey told DPA that her 26-year-old husband had received death threats before he was shot several times in the chest on the way home from an internet cafe late Saturday night.

Witnesses said he was rushed to the hospital but died there. Farah is the second journalist killed in Somalia this year alone while eight other Somali journalists were murdered in 2007.

“No-one is protecting Somali journalists, who have become targets for all the armed sides in Somalia,” said Omar Faruq Osman, secretary general of the National Union of Somali journalists. “We will not stop our work because of these criminals.”

Islamic insurgents are battling transitional government and Ethiopian troops in Somalia, with deadly attacks and civilian casualties an almost daily occurrence.

Hundreds of thousands have fled the capital of Mogadishu since the insurgency broke out following the expulsion of the Union of Islamic Courts from Mogadishu, where they were power for six months in 2006.

Somalia has been in a state of anarchy since the ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

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