Somali journalist killed by gunmen


An image from a fighter in Somalia on December 5, 2012.



Somali journalist Mohamed Mohamud, also known as Tima'ade, died in hospital on Saturday after being shot six times by gunmen in Mogadishu.

"We have lost a precious life once again. Doctors were not able to save our colleague," said fellow journalist Ahmed Nor Mohamed.

Mohamud, who worked as the Mogadishu correspondent for the privately owned UK-based Universal TV, underwent surgery after being shot in the chest, neck and shoulder as he drove to work early on Oct. 22 in the city's Wadajir district.

He was buried in Mogadishu on Sunday.

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Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries for those working in the media, with 18 journalists killed in the African last year. Mohamud was the seventh to lose his life in 2013.

"We must bring to justice those responsible for the attempted assassination of Tima'ade," Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud said in a statement before Mohamud died.

He urged Somali reporters "to keep up their courageous activity to show these thugs and would-be killers that they cannot silence journalists who are doing a magnificent job in Somalia."

No arrests have been made in the deaths of the seven journalists killed this year and no one has claimed responsibility.