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By MOHAMED MOHAMED

Somali journalist Ahmed-Tajir Omar Hashi was walking in Mogadishu’s Bakara market with his boss, the head of one of the country’s leading broadcasters, Radio Shabelle, recently when he heard the crack of gunfire.

“I was hit in the left hand and the bullet passed into my left side above the kidney. It felt as if I was hit with a little stone. I did not know what it was because I had never been shot before,” says Mr Hashi who is recovering from his injuries in hospital.

“When I looked back, I saw Muktar Mohamed Hirabe lying on the ground and a man with a hand-gun standing above him. Then, I realised that I was in trouble and ran for my life.

Mr Hirabe became the fifth journalist to be killed this year in Somalia, which has become one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists to work. (more…)

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