Malaysian Journalist Killed in Shooting While On a Humanitarian Mission in Somalia

September 10, 2011

Africa, Asia, Malaysia, Somalia

SOMALIA.— A Malaysian camera man has been killed in a shooting attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, a cameraman with Malaysia’s national Bernama TV, was killed while traveling with the aid agency Putera 1Malaysia Club on a humanitarian mission.

The aid agency arrived in Mogadishu on Monday, September 29th bringing 250 tons of food and medicine for Somalian families.

According to Bernama TV journalist, Khairulanuar Yahaya, the group was in a truck headed into the city commercial center to send visuals that were recorded earlier that day. Afterwards, Nor was headed to the outskirts of Mogadishu to cover a Malaysian- sponsored project to help Somali drought victims on behalf of Malaysia’s national news agency Bernama.

Shots were fired at the government truck that was accompanying their vehicle, Noramfaizul who was sitting by the door was hit by a stray bullet which pierced his lungs. Another cameraman, Aji Siregar Mazlan, also suffered injuries.

Noramfaizul passed away while receiving medical treatment.

The shooting took place near a busy junction known as Kilometer Four, reportedly the shots were fired by African Union peacekeepers.

Tan Su Li, an Astro Awani journalist, said she was seated in front of Noramfaizul when she heard the shots. “I turned back and saw Noramfaizul in pain. We quickly got out of the place,” she said.

In an interview with Bernama, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said of Noramfaizul, “He was willing to take the risk to provide extensive coverage of our missions to help others in many parts of the world.”

Reporters Without Borders, has ranked Somalia as one of the deadliest countries for media personnel, with 23 media workers killed since 2007.

“Nor joins the long list of journalists killed in the course of their work in Somalia. Despite the recent retreat by the Islamist insurgent group Al-Shabaab, the violence and fighting in Mogadishu have not stopped and covering Somalia continues to be extremely dangerous,” the group explained.

Source: Malaysian Star

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