Malaysian TV journalist killed in Somali capital

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Posted: Sep 02, 2011 2:11 PM
Malaysian TV journalist killed in Somali capital

A Malaysian journalist was shot dead in the Somali capital Friday, his employer said.

Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, 41, was killed in Mogadishu as he accompanied the aid agency Putera 1Malaysia Club on a humanitarian mission, said a statement on the Malaysian national news agency Bernama's website.

Nor was shot as he was traveling in a car near a busy junction known as Kilometer Four and African Union troops were involved, a Somali official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

African Union officials were not immediately reachable for comment.

The circumstances of the shooting were unclear.

A car bomb was found at Kilometer Four on Saturday but defused before it could explode, a Mogadishu-based security official said.

Aid agencies and journalists have been flooding into the capital to respond to war-ravaged Somalia's widespread famine.

The anarchic Horn of Africa nation has not had a functioning government for more than 20 years. Islamist rebels pulled out from their bases in the capital last month but said it was a 'tactical retreat' and they would still carry out operations in the capital.