“Two French security advisers posing as journalists were abducted from their hotel in Mogadishu on Tuesday by Somali gunmen, according to the foreign ministry and reports from the chaotic Somali capital,” reports the Washington Post. Full story at this link…
- The Frontline Blog ran this post yesterday, updating as news broke.
- The AFP reports that, according to the Somali defence minister, the pair were ‘kidnapped for cash not politics’.
“The Telegraph’s Colin Freeman and photographer José Cendón were kidnapped and held for six weeks earlier this year. Meanwhile, freelance journalists Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan after still being held hostage after being kidnapped in Mogadishu in August, 2008. Their driver and fixer were released in January, 2009. This new kidnap comes at a time of ‘fresh fighting’ in the north of Mogadishu, although one could argue fighting never really gets the time to go stale in Mogadishu.”
- Frontline Blog: AFP publishes first reported communication with Lindhout and Brennan since August 2008
- Colin Freeman at the Frontline Club: livestreamed here @7pm GMT
- Six months on: Lindhout and Brennan are still held hostage in Somalia
- Frontline Blog: Canadian hostage in Somalia reported to have called CTV
- Frontline Blog: Amanda Lindhout’s TV plea