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Freelance Somali Cameraman Working for VOA Killed in Saturday’s Blast in Mogadishu

Today, Voice of America learned that Ali Nur Siad, a freelance cameraman, was killed in Saturday’s bomb blast in Mogadishu while working for the news agency. It was the deadliest terror attack in Somalia's history.

“I am proud of the work our journalists do each and every day, often putting their lives on the line to bring news and information to the world,” said VOA Director Amanda Bennett. “On behalf of the entire agency, my deepest condolences go out to Mr. Siad’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the injured and those who lost their lives in Mogadishu.”

Siad worked with VOA Somali reporter Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulle, who was among those wounded in the attack. Mr. Abdulle suffered a broken hand, burns on much of his body, and shrapnel wounds to his head and neck and is receiving medical care in Turkey.

Established in 2007, VOA Somali broadcasts to Somalia and its Horn of Africa neighbors on AM, FM, shortwave radio, the Internet, and through mobile devices. VOA Somali is composed of a team of broadcasters based in Washington, D.C. along with freelance reporters in Somalia and elsewhere in Africa.