Female journalist shot, seriously wounded in Galkacyo
Galkacyo, Puntland, Somalia
September 14, 2011 05:51 pm EDT
Unrest, Conflicts And War, Guerrilla Activity, Human Interest, People, Human Mishap, Arts, Culture And Entertainment, Mass Media, News Media
by Mohamed Shiil
Special to All Headline News
Horriyo Abdikadir, a senior female journalist of Radio Galkacyo, was shot and seriously wounded Wednesday evening by unidentified gunmen in Puntland’s town of Galkacyo, according to witnesses.
“The gunmen shot her head and chest with several shots of bullets,"” said Ahmed Ali, a local journalist. “She was coming out from Radio Galkacyo as she had concluded her work shortly before in the evening."
Horriyah was seriously wounded and was admitted to the Dr. Dhagaweyne Hospital in Galkacyo. Medical sources said that her condition was unstable.
Journalists in Puntland and other parts of Somalia condemned the act as “cowardly "and "barbaric.”
“This cowardly act could hinder our journalistic obligations to inform the public” said Hassan Ahmed, a journalist in Bosaso.
At least 18 journalists, including directors of independent media outlets, editors, veteran journalists and media administrators have been killed in Somalia since 2006. Hundreds of others have fled the country for safety, while several independent media outlets were shuttered after their equipment was looted or forcibly confiscated by the Al-Shabaab insurgent group.
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