- A renowned Somali journalist was among the casualties of a bomb that exploded beside the vehicle of the doctors without borders [Médecins sans Frontières vehicle (MSF)] near the port city of Kismayo in the south-eastern region of Lower Jubba on Monday.
Hassan Kafi Hared died alongside two foreign doctors [Kenyan and French doctors] and a Somali driver. The killings occurred when a remote-controlled bomb exploded beside a car belonging to the Dutch branch of MSF as it drove to the north of Kismayo.
The Somali journalist, who was not in the car, got killed while walking along the road.
Kismayo and its surrounding areas that have been under the control of local clans, have over the years enjoyed relative peace and stability. The recent attack followed threats of bombings by the rebels in the country.
Until his death, Hatred had been the correspondent of the state-owned Somali News Agency and the gedonet.com website.
He was also one of the oldest members of the local journalist union, the National Union of Somali Journalists.
"Humanitarian aid workers, journalists and academics are the preferred targets of those who want to sustain the anarchy in Somalia with a view to retaking power," the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders reacted.
"The ever-present danger is aggravated by the transitional government's continuing failure to find a way to deal with these murders."
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