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Two Somali journalists injured in grenade attack: union

December 31, 2014

Two Somali journalists were injured Wednesday after attackers lobbed two grenades at the office of a radio station in the country’s centre, the national journalists’ union said.

The pair, the station’s number two — Shiine Abdi Ahmed and presenter Abdullahi Mohamud Aden — suffered leg and arm injuries respectively but their lives were not in danger, it said.

The body denounced the attack on the Radio Galkayo, in the city of Galkayo.

“The first hand grenade was hurled at the station’s building around 7:40 pm local time which hit the balcony where several journalists were sitting,” Iman Mohamed Jama, a representative of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said.

The body denounced the attack as “barbaric,” saying at least five journalists had died in the violence-wracked country this year.

Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries for reporters to operate.

Last year at least seven journalists were killed in Somalia according to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, and 18 were killed in 2012, the deadliest year on record.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.