31 Oct 2012

Somali poet killed

6:07 am on 31 October 2012

A popular Somali poet, playwright and songwriter has been killed in the capital, Mogadishu.

Warsame Shire Awale was shot by unknown gunmen near his home on Monday evening.

Mr Awale wrote and acted in radio plays critical of the al-Shabab group, who he accused of misleading people in the name of Islam.

The National Union of Somali Journalists says he had received death threats because of his work and songs calling for people to join the police.