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3 arrested over Baidoa radio station attack
Sabahi Online
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Somali police in Baidoa have arrested three people in connection with a hand grenade thrown into the Radio Baidoa building last Friday, Somalia's RBC Radio reported Monday (March 4th).

No one was hurt in the attack, but the building sustained damages.

"We were in the middle of our work and every journalist was busy preparing his or her programmes when we heard the shocking sound of the horrible explosion inside the premises," Baidoa Radio director Mohamoud Mohamed Kheyre told the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).

In a separate incident, local militias loyal to the Himan and Heeb administration forced the closure of privately-owned Radio al-Ihsaan in Adado on Saturday. The station resumed operations Monday evening, according to radio director Sharmarke Mohamed Mohamoud.

NUSOJ Secretary General Mohamed Ibrahim condemned the attack and the shuttering of the radio station. "The media and the journalists serving Somalis by providing timely news should be given full respect in exercising their granted freedoms," he said.


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