Somali journalists injured in car bomb in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia –A Somali journalist has left injured after bomb explosive fitted into car exploded in the capital of Mogadishu.
Ismail Sheikh Khalifa, a director at Star FM Radio based in Mogadishu, was injured in the bomb explosion, according to journalist Mahad Mohamed.
Mohamed says Khalifa, who seriously injured was taken into hospital.
It is unclear why he was targeted.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion.
Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries for media workers, 59 journalists have been killed since 1992, soon after a civil war began in the Horn of Africa nation, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
It’s not entirely clear who has been killing journalists, but, Al-Shabab rebels, warlords, criminals, and even government agents all could have reasons.
Somali journalists frequently receive threats. But police rarely investigate them or adequately protect reporters.
The deadliest country for journalists in 2015 was Syria, where 14 were killed, followed by France with nine, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Around the world, 72 journalists were killed in 2015 and 10 have been killed so far this year.