Muslim gunmen assassinated a well-known comedian and musician who poked fun at al-Shabaab terrorists in the Somali capital, just the latest in a string of attacks against media and cultural figures.
Gulf News Warsame Shire Awale, a famous composer who had worked with Somalia’s national army band before joining Radio Kulmiye as a drama producer and comedian, was attacked by two gunmen late on Monday. “Gunmen killed him… we are investigating the matter and the killers will be brought to justice,” police chief Ahmad Hassan Malin told reporters. “Two men armed with pistols shot and wounded him near his house in Waberi district, he died shortly after in hospital,” said Abdi Mohammad Haji, a colleague at Radio Kulmiye.
The killing, the latest in a wave of attacks on media workers in Somalia, follows the murder of fellow comic Abdi Jeylani Malaq Marshale in August, who also worked at Kulmiye. Popular especially with the youth, 61-year old Awale’s programmes mocked the al-Shabaab leadership, pointing out their misuse of the form of extreme Islamic law they imposed in the war-torn Horn of Africa country.