Somali comedian killed who made fun of Islamist fighters

Hecklers are nothing compared to the threats comedians face in other parts of the world — the latest example of such occurring earlier this week in Somalia, where comedian and radio presenter¬†Abdi Jeylani Malaq Marshale was shot dead.

Marshale (pictured above left) often impersonated Islamist fighters and had recently retreated into exile, prompted by threats from al-Shabab.

He was shot in the head and chest after leaving a local radio station.

“This is a black day for the entire entertainment industry, he was a leader in Somalia comedy and everybody liked his performance,” said Yusuf Keynan, a presenter at Kulmiye radio, where Marshale worked.


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