GALKAYO, Somalia May 2 2012 (Garowe Online) – A journalist
was gunned down Wednesday evening as he was walking in a neighborhood in
Galkayo’s west side,
marking the second
journalist killing in Puntland in less than two months, Radio Garowe reports.
Witnesses said the victim, Farhan Abdulle, was approached by
unknown gunmen while he was walking along Garsoor neighborhood. Witnesses who
found the dead body said the victim ran towards center of town and the main
The victim suffered 4 bullet wounds to the back and one
bullet wound in the hand.
Puntland police arrived at the scene shortly afterwards and
told media that they are investigating the killing. Farhan Abdullahi was a
reporter for independent Radio Daljir for over 6 and was married with three
children, the journalist's friends said.
The victim died a day before the annual commemoration of
World Press Freedom Day. An event to honor this day was held in Galkayo by the
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and its chairman, Mr. Burhan
Many organizations like NUSOJ have raised awareness about the
targeting of journalists working in Somalia. This is the fifth journalist to be
killed in Somalia and second in Galkayo.
Farhan Abdulle is the second journalist to be killed in
Galkayo in less than two months. On March 4, 2012, a journalist working for
Radio Galkayo was gunned down by uknown gunmen.
In Mogadishu, director of independent Radio Shabelle was
killed by uknown gunmen on January 29, 2012.
On April 6, 2012, another journalist was killed in
Beledweyne, in central Somalia. This year has been a deadly year for Somali
journalists so far.
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