Mogadishu ,Sunday 15 October,2017 — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ is dismayed by the suicide attack targeted to heavily populated KM5 junction in Mogadishu which caused the death and injuries of of many innocent people on Saturday afternoon.
A freelance Cameraman Ali Nur Siyaad is confirmed dead and this morning was buried in Mogadishu. The 26 years old cameraman was working with various media outlets as freelance including international agencies and Somali Red Crescent. Four other journalists were among the injuries and NUSOJ condemns that incident in strongest possible terms
Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulle known as Abdulkadir Ok who works for VOA Somali Service is in intensive care unit in Ummah hospital in South of the capital Mogadishu where he was admitted.The doctors found injuries on his head which also burnt and injuries of the right arm in the preliminary check-up. He was referred to the intensive care unit and is being treated by doctors. .Abdukadir Ok who is unable to speak well whispered to NUSOJ that he thanks to Allah that he luckily survived despite sustaining bad injuries. . See attached pictures of Mr Abdulkadir in hospital.
Abdikani Ali Aden who was working with Goobjoog Bussines was rushed and admitted to Ergogan Hospital formerly known as Digfeer and broke his right femur where he is now recieving medical assistance.
A prominent journalists in Somalia Mohamed Omar Baakaay and Ahmed Haadi have also received minor injuries and they both told NUSOJ that their condition is now good.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemned the attack in the strongest terms possible and called the attack as barbaric.
“We condemn the attack, which wounded our colleague in the line of duty, in the strongest terms possible.” Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, NUSOJ Secretary General said, “The union sends its sympathies to the whole Somali people who suffered losses during the attack and hopes Somali journalist’s speedy recovery.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) will closely monitor the conditions of wounded journalists and will definately update you in case of developments .