Two journalists missing in Somalia

Australian and Canadian journalists feared kidnapped after failing to return to hotel.

    According to Canada's CBC, the journalists were in a vehicle that was stopped by armed men [AFP]

    Amanda Lindhout, 26, is a freelance journalist who travelled to Somalia after working in Iraq for a news channel.

    According to Canada's CBC news website sources, the journalists were in a vehicle that was stopped by armed men as they went to see people displaced by Mogadishu's violence in a refugee camp near Elasha, 18km south of the capital.

    Elasha story

    Fatuma Ali, a primary school teacher in Elasha said: "We heard that unknown gunmen abducted two foreign journalists, a white man and a white woman."

    Gun-point abductions are common in the lawless Horn of Africa nation, where Islamic Courts Union (ICU) fighters have been fighting the interim government and its Ethiopian military allies since the start of last year.

    The latest reported incident came a day after ICU fighters claimed they seized the strategic southern port of Kismayu from a pro-government fighter group in confrontations that killed at least 70 people.

    The ICU controlled Mogadishu and much of the south for six months in 2006.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross delivered by plane two tonnes of medical supplies to Kismayu Hospital Saturday, Nicole Engelbrecht, an ICRC spokeswoman, said.

    Engelbrecht said there also was fighting in Afmadow, about 110km northwest of Kismayu, during which 135 people have been wounded.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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