Reporter killed in Somaliland, bomb rocks Sool region
A television news reporter was shot and killed by unknown gunmen on Tuesday night in the relatively lawless and volatile region of Sool.
Authorities in Las Anod said Ahmed “Sakin” Farah, a reporter for Somali language Universal TV in London, was shot several times minutes after leaving his house.
He was rushed to a hospital but died there from his injuries. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the latest slaying in the disputed and conflict-ravaged city.
The gunmen managed to flee the scene according to residents of Las Anod.
The death of the news reporter comes hours after a bomb went off and injured several police officers while trying to defuse it. The regional governor, Mohamed Mohamud Ali, said the bomb also injured a suspected insurgent who was believed to have planted the explosive material. He added another roadside bomb was successfully defused in central Las Anod.
It was just days ago when the slayed reporter was released from Somaliland prison. He was taken into custody in reprisal for his coverage of residents in Las Anod expressing their support for the new Somali Prime Minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon.
Since the incumbent Kulmiye government led by current President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud “Silanyo” came into office journalists under fire in Somaliland has surged. According to Mohamed-Rashid Mohamed Farah, secretary general of the Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA), more than 60 journalists were arrested in just the first six months of this year compared to 20 in 2011.