Dahir, described as a "leading Somali journalist", was a local correspondent in Somalia for the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Associated Press news agency. He received death threats before being murdered. He was shot by gunmen and died in a hospital in Kismayo. Reporters Without Borders stated that the killers had not been identified, but the BBC and Al Jazeera reported that the killing had been attributed to Islamist insurgents.
- "Somalie: le correspondent de la BBC à Kismayo tué par balles" Archived 2008-06-12 at the Wayback Machine, AFP, June 7, 2008
- "Un reporter de la BBC tué par des hommes armés au Sud de la Somalie" Archived 2008-06-12 at the Wayback Machine, Agence de Presse Africaine, June 8, 2008
- "Leading Somali journalist slain", CNN, June 7, 2008
- "Reporters sans frontières bouleversée par l’assassinat du vice-président de son organisation partenaire en Somalie", Reporters Without Borders, June 7, 2008
- "Somali BBC contributor shot dead", BBC, June 7, 2008
- "Somali journalist shot dead", Al Jazeera, June 7, 2008