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Somali troops besiege Mogadishu radio station

Somali government troops surrounded an independent radio station Tuesday, firing a barrage of bullets with frightened journalists still inside the building, the station's acting director said.

Somali troops besiege Mogadishu radio station

Somali government troops surrounded an independent radio station Tuesday, firing a barrage of bullets with frightened journalists still inside the building, the station's acting director said.

The soldiers cordoned off the area mid-morning and attempted to force their way into the facility, whose doors were locked by the journalists.

"When the fire began, the journalists scattered. Everybody ran to escape the bullets," said Jafar Kukay, Shabelle radio station's acting director, who was reached by phone.

He said some equipment was damaged but he didn't know of any casualties.

"Soldiers are targeting us because we report the facts. We only talk about the facts and we don't give sympathy to a particular group," said Kukay.

Radio stations have been shut down, journalists arrested and killed since the government swept into Mogadishu in January, ousting a popular Islamist group.


DPA

Last Mod: 18 Eylül 2007, 16:28
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