Al-Shabaab says he killed radio director in revenge

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Somalia: Al-Shabaab says it killed radio director in revenge

An al-Shabab military spokesperson issues a statement south of Mogadishu. Feisal Omar / Reuters

MOGADISHU, Somalia – An Al Shabaab suicide bomber in the Somali capital killed himself on Saturday, along with a prominent Somali journalist, al Shabaab and the journalist’s family told Reuters.

Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, commonly known as Abdiaziz Afrika, worked with government radio Mogadishu and covered al Shabaab extensively.

“My cousin Abdiaziz was killed by a suicide bomber immediately after going out to a restaurant … he died while being rushed to hospital,” his cousin Abdullahi Nur told Reuters.

“He has always shed light on al Shabaab, may God grant rest to his soul,” Nur said.

Al Shabaab confirmed they were behind the attack. The group, which wants to overthrow the government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law, frequently carries out bombings.

“The mujahedin chased Abdiaziz for a long time. He committed crimes against Islam, he was implicated in the murder of mujahedin,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for the al Shabaab military operation, told Reuters by phone.

Four people were injured in the attack, which took place near a busy restaurant, witnesses told Reuters.

One of the injured was a director of Somali National Television, the channel said in a tweet.

Government and police spokespersons did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


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