Said Tahlil Ahmed is no more - slain by masked gunmen
The Head of Somalia's largest media outlet, HornAfrik Said Tahlil Ahmed has been murdered in cold blood by masked attackers who targeted him as he and other colleagues made their way to a press conference.
The meeting with the press on Wednesday 4th February was called by hard-line Islamist militia al-Shabab whose spokesman has, according to the BBC, promptly denied any responsibility for the killing.
According to the BBC, a journalist, who was with Said Ahmed when he was attacked, said they were nearly at the venue in Mogadishu's central Bakara Market when masked gunmen fired on them.
Said Ahmed fell to the ground before his attackers approached and shot him again and again.
This latest murder in the Somalia capital Mogadishu highlights once more the dangers faced by unarmed and defenceless journalists as they go about their normal duties and calls for urgent action by the international community to bring to book all those behind the murders of journalists in the country.
Somalia could be declared as a failed state, a somewhat ungovernable entity, but that gives no one the licence to pick and choose whom they so decide to eliminate in such a callous manner.
That the three masked attackers could have moved closer to the stricken journalist even as he lay on the ground after his poor body had received the first set of shots and to finish him off with more shots to the head and chest speaks volumes. That someone must have given the order for the elimination of Said Tahlil Ahmed.
Reports from the ground say onlookers were so shocked at what happened even in this violence-prone country, that for a minute or two they just there stood motionless and wild-eyed before the realisation hit them that they had just witnessed the murder of one of their own - an unarmed journalist going about his duties.
According to the news outlet Garowe Online
One of the journalists heading for the press conference told the US international news outlet, CNN