Popular Somali Journalist Abdiaziz Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack

  • Prominent Somali Journalist Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack

EKO HOT BLOG reports that an Al-Shabaab suicide bomber in the capital, Mogadishu has killed prominent Somali journalist, Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled.

The blast occurred on Saturday, November 21, as Guled, a Radio Mogadishu director, commonly known as Abdiaziz Afrika was leaving a restaurant

The attack wounded several other people, including the director of Somali National Television and a driver.

The veteran journalist, who was a critic of the Islamist armed group, was well known for his interviews with detained suspects and his broadcasts often attracted large audiences.

Popular Somali Journalist Abdiaziz Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack

Government official Ismael Mukhtar Omar, an ex-colleague of Abdiaziz, said that police had confirmed that the blast had been caused by a suicide bomber.

“He came out of the restaurant and went into his car with a colleague after they had dinner and the suicide bomber ran onto the car window and detonated himself,” said another colleague Ali Mohamed.

“My cousin Abdiaziz was killed by a suicide bomber immediately after he went out to a restaurant … He died as he was rushed to hospital. He always shone a big light on al-Shabab, may God rest his soul.” his cousin, Abdullahi Nur, told Reuters news agency.

In a statement, Somalia’s Deputy Information Minister Abdirahman Yusuf Omar said the country had lost a “brave man”.

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, who offered his condolences to Guled’s family.

Popular Somali Journalist Abdiaziz Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack

“Abdiaziz was a hardworking journalist and national hero who worked for his country, his people and his religion with courage and relentlessness,” he said.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and had targeted the journalist for ‘committing crimes against Islam’

“The mujahideen had been hunting Abdiaziz for a long time. He committed crimes against Islam, he was involved in the killing of mujahideens,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab military operation spokesperson, told Reuters.

The journalist was buried today.

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