Radio journalist, wife shot dead in Somalia

A 35-year-old radio journalist and his wife were shot dead at their home in troubled Somalia around 1am last week by unidentified gunmen, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported.

The crime took place in Baidoa, a south-central city, where Daud Ali Omar, the reporter for Radio Baidoa, lived with his wife and three children.

The motive of these brutal murders remains unknown, but analysts have swiftly pointed the finger at the Islamist group Al-Shabab, which has killed dozens of media practitioners in the past 10 years.

Pro-government Radio Baidoa is well known for covering regional violence and local politics.

“We condemn the murders of Daud Ali Omar and his wife, and call on the south-central administration of Somalia to do their utmost to investigate the terrible crime,” CPJ East Africa representative Tom Rhodes said in a statement.

“Allowing the killers to remain at large will only add to the cycle of impunity and increasing violence we are witnessing in Baidoa,” Rhodes said, calling on authorities to identify the motive in the murder and apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators.

(CPJ, final editing by Issa Sikiti da Silva)

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