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Published On: Wed, Aug 1st, 2012

Abdi Jeylani Marshale, Somali comedian who mocks Islam, shot and killed

Abdi Jeylani Marshale is said to have been shot in the head and chest as he left a radio station in Mogadishu.

One of Somalia’s most popular comedians, known for his parodies of Islamist militants, has been shot dead in the capital, Mogadishu.

Marshale was reportedly killed shortly after leaving a local radio station where he worked as a drama producer and performer.

It is not known who carried out the murder but last year Marshale was threatened by the extremist group al-Shabaab, prompting him to go into hiding in neighboring Somaliland for several days.

Witnesses told the BBC that Marshale was shot several times in the head and chest by two men armed with pistols. The gunmen have not been caught.

Yusuf Keynan, a presenter at Kulmiye Radio, where Marshale worked, was quoted in media reports as saying: “He had not done anything wrong to anybody, as far as we are concerned, but they shot him in the head and shoulders. This is a black day for the entire entertainment industry. He was a leader in Somalia comedy and everybody liked his performance.”

Kulmiye Radio reported that hundreds of journalists, relatives, supporters and dignitaries attended his funeral. The site quoted the station owner, Osman Abdullah Guure, as urging journalists to carry guns to protect themselves: “I strongly encourage the journalists to take their guns and not consider any one protecting them; it is time to defend ourselves.”

Marshale also worked for Universal TV, a London-based Somali satellite TV station. Another Universal employee, reporter and anchor Abdulkadir Omar Abdulle, survived a shooting on Saturday, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which says six journalists have been killed in the Horn of Africa country this year.

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