A journalist has been killed in a suicide bombing in the African country of Somalia. The slain journalist was a critic of the militant group al-Shabab. The bomber struck shortly after noon in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. News from the BBC.
The deceased was identified as Abdi Aziz Mohammad Guled.
He was also known as Abdi Aziz Africa. A suicide bomber struck shortly after noon as he was leaving a restaurant in the capital, Mogadishu.
Two other people near the site of the blast were injured in the bombing. They were taken to hospital. The militant group al-Shabab said in a statement that it had carried out the attack. They targeted the journalist. The journalist killed in the bombing worked for Radio Mogadishu.
Radio Mogadishu published a report on their website, citing police sources. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a car parked next to the restaurant. At the time, journalist Abdi Aziz was accompanied by the director of Somalia’s National TV and a driver.
The report also includes a statement from Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble. In a statement, he expressed his condolences to the family of Abdi Aziz.
Mohamed Hussein Robel said Abdi Aziz was a hardworking journalist and national hero who worked tirelessly for his country, its people and its religion.
Abdi Aziz was known for his interviews with detained al-Shabab militants. These interviews attracted the attention of a huge audience.