LAST_UPDATEMon, 25 Jun 2018 10am

Somali Journalist Dies From Injuries After Al Shabaab Suicide Bomb Attack

MOGADISHU, Sept 14 -- Somali journalist Abdullahi Osman Moalim died on Wednesday from injuries he sustained after an al Shabaab suicide bomb attack on a restaurant in central Somalia town of Beletwein on Sunday.

The 24-year-old broadcast journalist working with Jubbaland TV and Radio Codka Hiiraan was waiting for a press conference together with other journalists when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives, local media report.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack that claimed four lives and left fifteen people including two other journalists injured.

Abdullahi Osman Moalim died at a hospital in the capital Mogadishu and was buried hours after.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) commiserated with the family of the journalist and wished the other injured members a speedy recovery.

The United States Mission to Somalia expressed its condolences to the family of Moalim and encouraged Somali journalists “to continue their work despite the daily struggles and risks, in defense of the inalienable right of freedom of expression on behalf of the Somali people”.