17th killed: Somali journalist dies of wounds

AP News
Posted: Oct 29, 2012 5:30 AM
17th killed: Somali journalist dies of wounds

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A radio station editor in Somalia says a journalist who was attacked by gunmen last week has died of his wounds, bringing the number of journalists killed in targeted attacks in Somalia this year to 17.

Gunmen shot Mohamed Mohamud Turyare, a reporter at Shabelle radio, last week as the 25-year-old walked home. Editor Mohamed Bashir Hashi confirmed Monday that Turyare died of his wounds Sunday.

Though Mogadishu is safer than during years of warfare from 2007-2011, journalists face more danger than ever. Analysts believe journalists are being targeted by al-Shabab militants but also by business and political leaders unhappy with journalists' coverage.

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Though it is growing stronger, Mogadishu still does not have a fully functioning government. No one has been arrested for any of the 17 killings this year.