21 September, 2012

Mogadishu bombing kills Somali broadcasters

Mogadishu bombing kills Somali broadcasters

A suicide bombing in Somalia's capital killed and wounded numerous people, with three journalists from state-run broadcasting services among the dead, witnesses and state news outlets reported Thursday.

A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a packed teahouse near Mogadishu's presidential palace, state-run Radio Mogadishu reported. It identified two of the dead as Liban Ali Nur, news director and anchor for Somalia's national television network, and Abdisatar Dahir Sabrieye, an anchor and producer who recently returned to war-torn Somalia after exile in neighboring Kenya.

The head of another radio station, the Voice of Democracy, also died in the blast, and three other journalists were critically wounded, the station reported. A witness said the cafe was spattered with blood and pieces of bodies.

Somalia's shaky transitional government, backed by African Union peacekeepers, has been battling Islamic guerrillas for years. The country has lacked an effective central government since 1991, with portions of the Horn of Africa nation left lawless.


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