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The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is dismayed to learn the barbarous killing of female journalist, Sagal Salad Osman, who was shot to death on Sunday afternoon, 5 June 2016, in Mogadishu, and demanded Somali authorities to bring all those responsible to justice.

Late Sagal Salad Osman, who was working for government-controlled Somali National Television (SNTV) as newscaster for children’s programme, was shot in the head and chest at Banadir junction in Hodan district, near Plasma University where she was studying. At the time of the attack, Sagal left the university and was buying something at restaurant located apposite of the university compound.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Sagal Salad Osman’s family, and we implore Somali authorities to bring those responsible for Sagal’s murder to justice, and break the cycle of violence and impunity that has plagued the country for so long,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General. “We demand that security forces and the judiciary to see that her death does not go unpunished”.

Two men armed with pistols committed this heinous crimes, according to eyewitnesses. While first assailant was shooting the late female journalist, the second assailant was protecting the first assailant.

“The killing of journalists with impunity can no longer be tolerated as it had placed a price on the head of every journalist in Somalia. A drastic and immediate step must be taken by the authorities concerned in bringing the perpetrators of these inhumane crimes to justice,” added Osman.

Sagal Salad Osman, 24, died on the scene, where incident happened. She is first journalist killed in Somalia in this year and was looking after 6 of her siblings since her mother recently passed away.