Three gunmen shot Abkey, a veteran Radio Mogadishu
journalist, near his home in the southern Mogadishu
district of Wardhigley. Local journalists said Abkey's body, found in an
alleyway, also showed evidence of torture.
Journalists at state-run Radio Mogadishu said they had received
phone calls from the Al-Shabaab insurgency claiming responsibility for the
murder. Radio Mogadishu
journalists believed Abkey was killed simply because of his affiliation with the
Abkey, said to be in his early 60s, served as a researcher
and staff trainer for the station. He joined the profession in 1988 as a
reporter for the former Somali National News Agency and had worked for several
media houses in Mogadishu,
including HornAfrik Radio, the Somali Television Network, and East Africa
Radio, the National Union of Somali Journalists reported.
Colleagues said he refused to be intimidated by the warring
factions in Mogadishu
and rebuffed suggestions that he live at the station for security reasons.
Abkey was survived by a wife and four children.
Beats Covered: Culture, War
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group
Taken Captive: Yes