Somalia: Private Radio Station Bombed in Puntland


On 20 October 2010, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly condemned the bomb attack at Radio Horseed in Bossasso, Puntland. According to information received by NUSOJ, during the evening news (approximately 08:20pm) on 18 October 2010, an explosive device was thrown into the building of the radio station while journalists and producers were in the newsroom. During this attack, the reception area of the station was completely burned, but fortunately all staff remained unhurt.

The attack was reported to the police, who came to the scene, but the suspected perpetrators - two men with pistols - remain at large. The station was temporarily shut down.

NUSOJ urges Puntland authorities to do everything in their power to step up their investigation into the bomb attack, to provide police protection to Radio Horseed and its workers, and to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.