Three gunmen shot Abkey, a veteran Radio Mogadishu journalist, near his home in the southern
Journalists at state-run Radio Mogadishu said they had received phone calls from the Al-Shabaab insurgency claiming responsibility for the murder. Radio
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
On March 3, 2016, Hassan Hanafi, a former journalist and affiliate of the militant group Al-Shabaab, was found guilty of involvement in the murder by a military court in Mogadishu. According to news reports, the court sentenced him to death by execution, which in Somalia is usually carried out by firing squad.
Colleagues said he refused to be intimidated by the warring factions in