MOGADISHU May 5 Islamist gunmen have shot dead
a prominent journalist in Mogadishu, the first reporter to be
killed in Somalia this year, one of his colleagues said on
Sheikh Nur Abkey, who worked for the state-run Radio
Mogadishu, was killed in the capital's Wardhigley neighbourhood
while he was on his way home late on Tuesday.
"Al Shabaab men have killed Sheikh Nur Abkey ... after they
killed him, they called us and told us they killed him,"
Abdirahman Yusuf, the editor of Radio Mogadishu, told Reuters.
The capital has been a battleground as the UN-backed
government has tried to quell a three-year insurgency waged by
Islamist groups, including al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab.
Yusuf said Abkey was in his sixties and had been working in
Somali media circles since 1988.
Somalia is one of the world's most dangerous countries for
journalists. Last year nine were killed and some foreign
journalists have been kidnapped by militants and held for
(Reporting by Ibrahim Mohamed; Writing by Abdi Guled; Editing
by Jeremy Clarke and Giles Elgood)