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European cameraman killed at Somalia rally

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European cameraman killed at Somalia rally


A Swedish television cameraman has been killed while covering a pro-Islamist rally in the capital of Somalia. The victim, named as Martin Adler by the Swedish Foreign Ministry, was shot in the back.A well-respected journalist, he had worked in war zones before and won international awards. He was covering a huge demonstration organised by Islamists who seized Mogadishu from US-backed warlords earlier this month. Since then, various Western journalists have gone into the city, previously considered too dangerous to visit.

The demonstration was in support of a peace accord between the Union of Islamic Courts and Somalia’s interim government. The deal was signed on Thursday in Sudan. The two sides have agreed to suspend military and propaganda campaigns, recognise each other and meet in July for further talks. The broadly-welcomed move has calmed fears of fresh fighting. But several sensitive issues remain unresolved including the government’s return to the capital from its temporary base in the provincial town of Baidoa.
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