Monday, February 14, 2011

Mortar wounds two journalists in Somalia.

Journalists Sadam Adan Mohamed and Mustaf Mohamed Ali both based in the deadly city of Mogadishu have been wounded today on February 14, 2011 from a mortar blast fired by Al shabaab insurgents according to local reporter who spoke on condition of anonymity.         
The wounded journalists were among a group of other reporters who were invited to a press conference held by a senior officer of Ahlu-Sunna Waljama for Banadir Region. “We were informed to come and participate for a press conference with Ahlu Sunna Wal-jama officials in areas of Wadada-Shaqalaha-(workers’s street) of the Hodan distract”. “We heard a loud blast followed by mortar fire and I personally saw a several people wounded in the blast and two of the victims were our colleagues”, a local journalist told SOJANet.
A journalist Sadam Adan Mohamed who is said to be a photographer working for Shabelle Radio and his colleague Mustaf Mohamed Ali for Voice of Democracy-(VOD), were immediately rushed to a local Hospital.
The injury of the journalists came as a huge clash between the government forces with help of militias loyal to moderate group of Ahlu-sunna Wal-jama and that of Al shabaab fighters has been reported in many parties of the capital city, Mogadishu, witnesses said on Monday.
Somalia is dangerous place for journalists where local reporters are in the middle of a risks and dangers just for their reliable reports.

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