Posted by: APO | 28 January 2008

Journalist Killed in Southern Somalia

National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)

Journalist Killed in Southern Somalia


28 January 2008


The National Union of Somali Journalist (NUSOJ) is shocked by today’s killing of journalist Hassan Kafi Hared in Kismayu town of Lower Jubba region.


Hassan Kafi Hared, 36, died around 13:05 hrs after remote-controlled mine exploded inside a road in Siyad Village of Northern part of Kismayu. Apart from the journalist who was walking in the road when the mine was detonated, two doctors working for Medecins Sans Frontieres-Holland and their Somali driver died in the attack. Parts of journalist’s body were sprinkled to both sides of the road. Eyewitness said that the mine exploded from the side the journalist was walking on.


The journalist was on his way to a press conference in the town. When killed he was working for Somali National News Agency (SONNA), a Somali government run news agency, and a Somali website called


Hassan Kafi Hared, a long-time member of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), is the treasurer of Southeast Branch of NUSOJ. He was survived by a wife and three children.


“We denounce this outrageous attack that killed our colleague Hassan Kafi Hared and the humanitarian aid workers” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General. “This is a targeted attack and we declare that this brutal killing on the journalist and the aid workers is an attack on the society itself”.


“We demand that Transitional Government and the authorities in Kismayu to identify the culprits of this crime and bring them to justice” Omar declared.



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