BBC mourns two slain journalists

Mark Thompson notes 'courage and commitment'

LONDON -- BBC staffers observed a minute's silence led by BBC director general Mark Thompson and BBC head of journalism Mark Byford midday Tuesday after the deaths of two BBC reporters over the weekend.

On Saturday, Nasteh Dahir Faraah, who worked for the BBC Somali Service as well as other news agencies, was shot dead in the southern Somali city of Kismayo. A day later, Abdul Samad Rohani, BBC Pashto reporter and fixer of the BBC's News bureau in Kabul in the southern Helmand province in Afghanistan, was abducted and shot dead.

In an e-mail to BBC staff, Thompson said his "thoughts and prayers" were with the families of the murdered men.

"The killings are a stark reminder of the courage and commitment shown by those who work for the BBC's journalism around the world and especially those who work in the most dangerous and difficult areas in order to report for our audiences," Thomson added.