Gunmen shot dead the head of private media house HornAfrik in Mogadishu on Feb. 4 in the latest assassination of a journalist in Somalia. Said Tahlil Ahmed was killed in Mogadishu's Bakara market, witnesses and colleagues said. The market is often a battleground for government soldiers and Islamist insurgents. A shopkeeper at the market confirmed the shooting. "His body now lies on the spot. The men disappeared soon after," Bakara trader Farah Hassan said. Ahmed is the ninth local journalist killed since the start of 2007, according to Ali Yasin Gedi, vice-chairman of local rights group, Elman Peace and Human Rights. (Reuters)

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