Two reporters killed in Somalia
Two prominent Somalian radio journalists were killed Saturday in Mogadishu, the Los Angeles Times reported. The attacks were separate but related, according to authorities, and add to doubts about the future of freedom of the press in the turbulant Horn of Africa country. The first attack came in the morning, when popular talk show host Mahad Ahmed Elmi was shot in the head three times while on his way to work by masked gunmen. Later in the day, a roadside bomb disrupted Elmi's funeral procession, killing the channel's co-owner, Ali Iman Sharmarke. The radio channel, which is privately owned, was critical of both the transitional government currently in control of Somalia and the insurgents who have continued to fight in the country's civil war, which started 16 years ago. At least four other journalists have been killed in Somalia this year.