A Somali journalist has been killed by gunmen in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, becoming the third reporter to die in the war-torn country this year.
Abdirizak Ali Abdi, nicknamed Silver, was shot dead by unidentified attackers in the Puntland town of Galkacyo late on Tuesday.
Abdi, 25, also worked for Radio Daljir in Puntland and a London-based television station, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said.
It added that the father-of-two was killed “in cold blood.”
“The assailants have escaped after the shooting but the police are still in pursuit of the perpetrators,” said Hashi Dhaqane, a police official in the town.
The motivation of the attack was not clear but journalists have often been targeted in Somalia.
Somalia has been the scene of clashes between government forces and al-Shabab militants since 2006.
The al-Shabab militants have been pushed out of the capital, Mogadishu, and other major cities in the country by the African Union Mission in Somalia, which is made up of troops from Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Sierra Leone and Kenya.
The African state did not have an effective central government from 1991 to 2012, when lawmakers elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new president.
Source: Press TV