Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Somali journalist killed in bomb attack

22 June 2014, 16:03

Mogadishu - A Somali journalist died in Mogadishu on Saturday after a bomb believed to have been attached to his car was remotely detonated, police and witnesses said.

The victim, prominent local journalist Yusuf Keynan, was working with Mustaqbal radio, a private Mogadishu FM station, and also contributed to the Nairobi-based UN humanitarian radio Ergo.

"It was a local journalist who was targeted in the attack. The bomb attached under the seat of his car went off, leaving him dead," Somali police official Abdi Garane said.

"It was horrible. The severed dead body of the journalist was burned beyond recognition inside his car. I don't know why they have targeted him," said Hassan Idle, an eyewitness to the attack.

Somali security forces sealed off the area to investigate the incident, the second killing of a journalist in Mogadishu this year.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Mogadishu has been hit by a string of attacks by the country's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels, who are fighting to overthrow the war-torn country's fragile internationally backed government.

Recent Shabaab attacks have targeted key areas of government, or the security forces, in an apparent bid to discredit claims by the authorities and African Union troops that they are winning the war against the Islamist fighters.

On Wednesday a student doctor was killed and seven others wounded in a bombing at Keysansey hospital in northern Mogadishu, which is run by the Somali Red Crescent Society with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). That attack also involved a bomb being attached to a car.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said it was "deeply shocked" by what it called a "senseless murder of the Somali humanitarian journalist".

The victim was among the winners of 2013 Somali Media Awards organised by NUSOJ and the United Nations.

"We condemn the heinous murder of our colleague and call for prompt investigations into the case," NUSOJ Secretary General Mohamed Ibrahim said. "We demand the killers be brought to justice."

The UN's Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, also condemned the murder.

"I condemn the killing of another young, talented Somali journalist, and call on the Federal Government of Somalia to act swiftly to investigate this murder and bring the perpetrators to justice," he said in a statement.

"Media workers must be able to conduct their important work in a safe and secure environment," he added.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...