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Journalist killed in Mogadishu, NUSOJ demands immediate end of hostilities

(NUSOJ/IFEX) - The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) renewed its call for the immediate end of hostilities in Mogadishu as the 6th journalist was shot dead on 4 July 2009 in the capital city.

Journalist Mohamud Mohamed Yusuf, nicknamed Ninile, of Radio Holy Quran (IQK) was shot in the stomach twice at around 8:00 a.m. (local time) at the Afarta Jardin conjunction in north Mogadishu, according to Mohamed Abdi Gedi, editor-in-chief of IQK.

Yusuf, 22, died of blood loss after being on the side of the road for almost 3 hours without medical assistance, as fighters fired shots at anyone who tried to take the journalist to the hospital. Yusuf left the radio station after reading the news headlines at 7:30 a.m., according to Gedi.

"We are sending our condolences to the family and colleagues of Mohamud Mohamed Yusuf. We denounce the fighting in Mogadishu and demand an immediate end to the war," said Abdirisak Omar Ismail, chairperson of the supreme council of NUSOJ.

The late journalist was a reporter, newscaster and occasional producer for IQK. When the bullets hit him, he was covering the ongoing fighting in the neighbourhoods surrounding the radio station.
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