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Somali Journalist Dies in Hospital after sustaining severe wounds

17 journalist killed this year in Somalia

Té / 29 October 2012

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is shocked to learn the death of Late Mohamed Mohamud Tuuryare, 23, who was suffering severe wounds after unknown assailants shot three times on the chest and abdomen, making the toll of the journalist killed this year to 17.

Two unknown gunmen armed with pistols opened fire at and seriously wounded Mohamed Mohamoud Tuuryare, 23, Shabelle Radio’s website editor and program producer at Hawo Tako area of Wadajir district near his home around 6:20 Sunday evening, 21 October, 2012, after returning

from a chemist he was buying medicine, according to family members.

He was rushed immediately to Madina hospital, where he was receiving intensive medical treatment since then, where the doctors pronounced he was died on Sunday evening, 28 October, 2012 around 8:30pm local time. The doctors cautioned that the bullets might have damaged the backbone.

Late Mohamed Mohamoud was suffering sickness and did not come to the station before he was attacked on 21 October, according to Abdimaalik Yusuf, the owner of Shabelle Media Network, who spoke with NUSOJ on the phone.

The National Union of Somali Journalists condemns all violations against the journalists and the media at large and extends its sympathy to the family, friends and colleague late Mohamed Mohamoud and calls for thorough investigations into all killings against the journalists.

"We are shocked by the death of our colleague, late Mohamed Mohamoud who survived assassination attempt last week." Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said, "We extend our sympathy and condolences to the family, friends and colleague of late Mohamed."

Late Mohamed Mohamoud bring the number of journalists killed this year in Somalia to 17 making the profession more deadly. October 23, 2012, assailants shot to death Ahmed "Saakin" Farah Ilyas, 25, Universal Television correspondent, in the disputed town of Las-Anod under the Somaliland administration.

NUSOJ Calls for the Federal Government of Somalia to give priority to the safety and security of the journalists and bring all the killers to court of justice and end this culture of impunity once and for all.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, October 29, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)

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