A veteran Mozambican journalist, known for his crime reporting, was gunned down on the streets of the capital.

Mozambican police said Saturday that they are trying to trace Paulo Machava's assassins. Machava was shot on Friday, while on his morning jog in Maputo.

A private security guard found Machava's body lying in a pool of blood. He said he heard four gunshots before seeing young men drive away.

Machava once hosted a radio show covering crime on the state-run Radio Mozambique. He then reported for a weekly newspaper, covering the assassination of well-known journalist Carlos Cardoso in 2000. He was the founder and editor of a news website at the time of his death.

Journalists and rights groups condemned Machava's killing, saying it has created a climate of fear.