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Somalia: Another journalist wounded in continued targeted attacks

MOGADISHU, Somalia Jun 9 2012 (Garowe Online) – A journalist was seriously injured after armed men shot at him as he was heading home Friday evening, Radio Garowe reports.

Mohamed Nur Sharif who worked for Bar-Kulan media, was headed home from the studio in the Hamar Jajab district Friday night, when two gunmen armed with pistols fired more than 10 rounds at Mr. Sharif. Only 2 rounds hit Mr. Sharif one below his heart and the other in his stomach.

He was rushed to hospital Madina were doctors first reported Mr. Sharif in critical condition as they worked vigorously to stop the internal bleeding and remove a bullet lodged in his abdomen.

On Saturday doctors said that the internal bleeding has stopped and that Mr. Sharif was recovering from his injuries even taking a walk in the hospital’s courtyard.

Authorities in Mogadishu arrested three men suspected of having a link to the shooting of Mr. Sharif. Police authorities, who spoke to GO, said that it was still early to comment about the arrest and that the investigation is ongoing.

Media groups in Somalia condemned the attempted murder of the journalist after an increase of targeted attacks on journalists this year. This year alone, 5 journalists have been killed and authorities have failed to apprehend any of the killers.

The lack of arrests has outraged media groups who claim authorities have not done enough. Although the killings have been attributed to Al Shabaab, there have been no arrests leading to convictions as of yet.



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