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Journalists among victims of savage attack on Mogadishu Hotel

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1 November 2015

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly condemns the deadly terror attack, which was carried out by Al-Shabaab terrorist group this morning at around 5:30am, which caused deaths and injuries of innocent civilians including journalists and politicians.

UntitledJournalist Mustaf Abdi Nur, nicknamed Shafana, who was working for Shabelle Media Network and freelancing cameraman for Doha-based Al-Jazeera TV was killed in an explosion of Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) used by Al-Shabaab in today’s attack at Hotel Sahafi. Journalist Faisal Omar Hashi who is working for Reuters news agency was slightly wounded.

At least 6 heavy armed Al-Shabaab fighters raided Hotel Sahafi, a popular hotel where parliamentarians, politicians, civil society members and other public figures are staying.

Condemning the cowardly attack on Sahafi Hotel, Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General said: “today we are all horrified, devastated and appalled. We waked up with the deplorable act. We lost a colleague, a friend and a member of our union, Mustaf Abdi Nur, in this atrocious attack.”

Appalled by today’s savage attack on Hotel Sahafi, NUSOJ and its entire members stand in solidarity with victims and their families, and Somali people who are increasingly subjected to violence for choosing to live in their country peacefully. NUSOJ wishes a quick recovery for Faisal Omar Hashi.

Mustaf Abdi Nur, 27, is the fifth journalist killed in Somalia since start of the year. Abdullahi Ali Hussein was killed on 8 September in Mogadishu. Abdihakin Mohamed Omar and Mohamed Abdirakim Moallim Adam were murdered in Mogadishu on 26 July. Daud Ali Omar and his wife were killed on 30 April in Baidoa.