2 more Somali journalists murdered; 1 is beheaded

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Sept. 28, 2012, 4:20 p.m. | World — by Associated Press

A Somali soldier stands over the dead body of one of the attackers after he was shot dead by the soldiers following two explosions which occurred near the gate of the temporary home of Somalia's new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. A day after the election of Somalia’s new president, two explosions went off at the gate of his temporary residence which killed at least three people and wounded three others, a witness and officials said Wednesday
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Officials in Somalia say two more journalists have been murdered, including one who was beheaded, bringing the number of journalists killed in the country this year to 15. 

The Somali journalists union said Friday that the one journalist was beheaded on Thursday, and the other was shot dead by gunmen Friday.

No group has yet claimed the responsibility for the latest killings, but the deaths fit into a year-long pattern of attacks against Somali journalists. The deaths have been met with judicial inaction in a capital city with crippled government institutions.

Most of the 15 deaths appear to have been targeted killings, though last week three journalists were killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a cafe popular with journalists and politicians. 

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