Broadcast Journalist seriously wounded in Galkayo Town
Sept. 14, 2011
Somali radio female journalist was seriously
wounded in Galkayo town of Mudug Region, Central Somalia on
Wednesday evening, 14 September 2011 around 07:35hrs local
time, by anknownd assailant, NUSOJ reported.
Miss. Horriyo Abdulkadir Sheik Ali, 20yrs, who
was a news editor, producer and presenter for Radio Galkayo
in Galkayo in the autonomous state of Puntland, Somalia, was
shot by unidentified gunmen with 4 bullets upon her return
from work at the Garsoor neighborhood, a neighborhood controlled
by the Puntland government. One bullet hit in the journalist's
stomach and two in the lower side of the chest and one on
the right hand according to the hospital nurses.
She was first rushed to the general hospital
of the town, but then suddenly transferred to Galkayo Medical
Centre, a private hospital in the town, where she is now being
treated by the doctors.
Miss. Ali has left the station for home shortly
before she was shot and wounded by unidentified assailants.
The reason of the shooting is not yet known according to the
managing director of radio Galkayo Abdullahi Hersi Adde who
has visited the wounded journalist in the hospital shortly
after she was admitted to hospital.
The journalist has been conscious when admitted
to the hospital but lost more blood as all of the four bullets
passed through her body according the Mahad Jama Koronto,
the Somalia National Television reporter and NUSOJ's representative
of Mudug region among many local journalists who gathered
at hospital after the shooting of their colleague.
According to the Doctors who performed the surgey
to Miss. Ali said that the operation was successful.
"This is very shocking and painful incident.
It is an act of senseless crime when attacking and wounding
the journalist. That clearly shows how dangerous the situation
is for our journalists safety and that they are not spared
from being attached everywhere in the country", Said
by Burhan Ahmed Dahir, NUSOJ president. "We call for
the Puntland government probe into the shooting of the female
journalist." Mr. Dahir added
Miss. Ali was rushing to home located at the
other side of the town controlled by the Galmudug Administration.
On August 26, Daljir radio in Galkacyo was attacked
with hand grenade by unknown assailants slightly wounded the
guard of the radio and damaged the station.
Last September unknown assailants fatally stabbed
Abdullahi Omar Geddi Radio Daljir technician in Galkayo after
he left the station.
More than 40 people were killed and another
dozens wounded in an intense gun battles in Galkayo between
the Puntland security forces and a clan militia on 1st and
2nd September 2011. Galkayo town, the capital city of Mudug
region has been conflict zone since 1991 between warring clans
militias allied between two regional administrations of Puntland
More updates will follow soon on our website.
For more information contact: Burhan Ahmed Dahir,
Tel: +25290 751975.