Horrifically Scarred Somali Journalist Who Masterminded The Death Of Five Of His Colleagues

From Daily-Mail:
A former Somalian journalist who helped terrorist group al-Shabab kill fellow reporters has been sentenced to death.
Hassan Hanafi - who has a scar similar to fictional character Frankenstein - helped the Islamist militant group, linked to al-Qaeda, by identifying possible targets among journalists between 2007 and 2011
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He had worked as a field reporter and presenter at a radio station before joining the radical group.
He had been promoted to commander in 2009. The following year, he was seriously injured in fighting.

While he was working for al-Shabab, he would call up journalists and threaten them with death if they refused to join the militant organisation.
The court in the Somali capital of Mogadishu ruled he should be executed by firing squad like several other al-Shabab operatives in recent years.

The 30-year-old showed no emotion as he was led away by soldiers.
When the sentence was handed down, he said: 'Al-Shabab killed many journalists but personally I killed only one.

'But I am indifferent if you kill me. You will see if killings will stop even after my death.'
The court heard Hanafi was either partly, or directly responsible, for the deaths of journalists Mahad Ahmed Climi, Ali Iimaan Sharmaake, Said Tahliil Ahmed, Muktaar Mohammmed Hiraabe and Sheekh Nuur Abkeey.

He was arrested by police in 2014 in neighbouring Kenya, where he had fled, and was then extradited to Somalia on the request of the government.
His trial attracted significant attention from local journalists, who hope the sentence will send a message to extremists who have made Somalia one of the most dangerous places for journalists to work.

More than 25 reporters have been murdered in the country since 2007, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.
The al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab was pushed out of Somalia's capital of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping forces in 2011 but still dominates in many rural areas.
The group has staged numerous attacks in Kenya, the worst being the attack on Garissa University last year, which left at least 147 dead.



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