International News Safety Institute

29 October 2022  |  CPJ

Mohamed Isse Hassan


Reporter and producer killed in Mogadishu blast

Cause of death



Mohamed Isse Hassan, a reporter and producer with the privately owned M24 Somali TV, was killed on October 29, 2022, while covering twin bomb blasts in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

At least 120 people were killed in two car bomb explosions outside the education ministry offices. The Al-Shabaab, a militant group linked to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack, according to media reports.

Mohamed, also known as Koonaa, and a colleague, Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulle, were at the M24 Somali TV offices when the first bomb exploded at around 2 p.m.; both rushed to the scene to report. The second explosion went off minutes later, as ambulances and other first responders arrived, it was reported.

Mohamed died at the scene following severe head injuries. Abdulkadir lost two fingers and had shrapnel wounds in his abdomen, the U.S. Congress-funded Voice of America report said.

Another journalist who rushed to the scene following the first blast, Reuters photographer Feisal Omar, was also injured.

Mohamed, who was in his early 30s and is survived by his wife and a six-month-old son, previously worked with various media outlets in Mogadishu, including privately owned Universal Somali TV, where he was a reporter until a few months earlier. Mohamed also published his reporting on his Facebook page using the brand Koonaa Media.

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