A radio producer at the state-run Radio Mogadishu says gunmen shot dead a female journalist in the Somali capital.

Mustafa Hussein said that Sagal Salad Osman, a producer for the station, was shot outside a university in the west of Mogadishu on Sunday and later died at a hospital in the city.

Attacks on journalists are common in war-ravaged Somalia and media rights group say both Islamic extremists and the government target the media. Osman is the first journalist killed in Somalia this year.

Last year, three journalists were killed, including Hindia Haji Mohamed, who worked for the state-run broadcaster and was the widow of a murdered journalist. She was killed in December when a bomb blew up her car, an attack claimed by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.