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Somali Comic Known for Mocking Al-Qaeda-Backed Insurgents Killed

Somali Comic Known for Mocking Al-Qaeda-Backed Insurgents Killed

A Somali comedian known for mocking Al-Qaeda-based insurgents was shot Tuesday night after leaving a Mogadishu radio station. He was later pronounced dead from his injuries.

Abdi Jeylani Malaq Marshale, in his late thirties or early forties, was killed late Tuesday, minutes after leaving Kulmiye radio station, where he worked as drama producer and performer.

“Two men shot and seriously injured Marshale… the comedian was later pronounced dead,” said police lieutenant Mohamed Gaal, adding that “unfortunately the assailants escaped….”

Marshale was known for airing dramas making fun of the extremist Shebab and for participating in youth advocacy programmes aimed at preventing young Somalis from joining the insurgents.

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