Gunmen kill Somali public radio worker, sixth media professional this year

Somali police officer (right) arrests a suspected rebel member (left) of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab among beach goers at the Lido beach north of Somalia's capital Mogadishu March 23, 2012. (Reuters)

Two gunmen shot dead a technician employed at Somalia's state-run broadcaster Radio Mogadishu on Saturday, the sixth media professional killed in the country this year, officials and a colleague said.

"Two men armed with pistols shot Ahmed Sharif and escaped the scene. He was rushed to hospital but he died instantly," said colleague Mohamed Sacid.

Sharif was gunned down near his home in the capital Mogadishu just hours after Somalia publicly executed the only person to be convicted to date of killing a journalist in the country.

Eighteen media professionals were killed in Somalia in 2012.

Media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders has called the security situation for media personnel in the country's cities "deplorable".

Somalia ranks 175th out of 179 countries in the group's 2013 Press Freedom Index.

Deputy Information Minister Abdishakur Ali Mire confirmed the killing to reporters.

"We condemn the killing," he said. "He was an innocent who did nothing wrong and we expect the law enforcement departments to bring those responsible to justice."

Last Update: Saturday, 17 August 2013 KSA 19:10 - GMT 16:10

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