September 2, 2011, in Mogadishu, Somalia
Mohd, 39, a veteran cameraman for the national Malaysian broadcaster Bernama TV, was struck by gunfire while covering a humanitarian aid mission in Mogadishu, Bernama TV said in a statement. Witnesses reported that African Union peacekeeping forces had fired on the Malaysian aid convoy, which was organized by the Putera 1Malaysia Club, as it was traveling to its base at the Mogadishu airport, news reports said.
Calling the shooting "deeply regrettable," the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said it would undertake an investigation. On September 26, AMISOM announced that four AU soldiers from Burundi were responsible for the death and had been suspended.
In a three-paragraph statement, AMISOM characterized the killing as "accidental" but did not specify the soldiers' actions or describe their level of culpability. AMISOM said it "recommended" that Burundian authorities bring the four soldiers to trial "according to their country's military and judicial processes."
Mohd had covered earlier aid missions to Gaza and Pakistan, his father told Bernama TV. The journalist is survived by a wife and two sons, the younger just 3 years old. Aji Saregar, 27, a cameraman for Malaysia's TV3 who was also accompanying the convoy, was wounded in the right hand in the gunfire. Both journalists had planned to return to Malaysia the following day, Bernama TV reported.
Job: Camera Operator
Beats Covered: Human Rights, War
Local or Foreign: Foreign
Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire: Military Officials
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