Police said they believed the bomb, which was attached to the journalist‘s car, was remotely detonated. Abukar, a prominent journalist who also used the name Yusuf Keynan, had worked with the private Mogadishu FM station Mustaqbal and also contributed to the Kenya-based UN humanitarian radio Ergo.
"It is a very shocking tragedy," the journalist Abdifatah Halane told the German news agency DPA.
Abukar had become known for criticizing both the Somali government and the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which has recently launched attacks against the parliament in Mogadishu and abroad in Kenya. In 2013, Abukar won the UN-sponsored Somali Media Awards.
"We condemn the heinous murder of our colleague and call for prompt investigations into the case," National Union of Somali Journalists secretary-general Mohamed Ibrahim said.
Global media watchdog groups consider Somalia one of the most dangerous places in the world to work as a journalist. In 2012, 18 journalists died in the line of duty, followed by seven more in 2013; counting Abukar, two have died this year.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for killing Abukar.
mkg/rc (AFP, dpa)