Gunmen in Somalia have shot dead a journalist – the third such killing this year.

Ali Ahmed Abdi

Colleagues of Ali Ahmed Abdi said he was shot in the head by masked men as he walked home in the north-central town of Galkayo.

Somalia has not had a functioning central government for more than 20 years and has been riven by factional fighting.

It is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists to work.

“He was heading home on Sunday evening when gunmen stopped him, before shooting him in the head several times,” a former colleague, Nuh Muse Birjeb, told the AFP news agency.

According to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Abdi is the 30th journalist to be murdered in Somalia since 2007. Read more…