Thursday 26 November 2009

Journalists freed in Somalia after 15 months

Reuters has reported that two freelance journalists, Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan, kidnapped in Somalia in August 2008 have been freed.
The agency said that the freed journalists are in a hotel in the capital Mogadishu, according to a Somali member of parliament and hotel sources.
"We have now brought both foreign journalists to the Sahafi hotel. We have been working for eight days on their release, but finally succeeded," MP Ahmed Diiriye told Reuters. "I don't want to comment on how we released them now."
Lindhout and Brennan were taken hostage by an armed group as they were returning to Mogadishu from Afgoye refugee camp, 20 km west of the Somali capital, on 23 August 2008.

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