MOGADISHU, Somalia – Long-serving journalist Awil Dahir Salad, a TV anchor for privately Universal TV, was killed in suicide car bomb explosion near Somalia’s Presidential Palace in Mogadishu.
Salad has died in the first blast which was caused by minivan-riding attacker who detonated explosives at busy checkpoint near the national theatre in the capital, a witness said.
Salad’s driver and two bodyguards died with him on the spot.
The second blast occurred some minutes after the first blast, causing several deaths of innocent civilians.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemned the murder of veteran journalist and other innocent people by coordinated double suicide bombings in Mogadishu.
“Today is another day of sadness. We mourn the tragic death of Awil Dahir Salad in this heartless attack”, said a statement by NUSOJ.
NUSOJ calls on Somali government to conduct a thorough and credible investigations about the allegations of the suspected suicide bombers driving police vehicles to commit this heinous crime. Somalia’s national intelligence agency said the driver of the second car and a man who was coordinating the attacks were arrested.