Two More Foreigners Abducted in Somalia?


In August, two foreign freelance reporters were abducted by gunmen in Mogadishu. The kidnappings of Nigel Brennan and Amanda Lindhout from the Shamo Hotel marked an up-tick in violence against foreigners, and especially reporters, in a country that was already one of the most dangerous in the world for visitors.

Of course, it’s no cake-walk for natives either, particularly journalists: five Somali journos have been killed so far this year — and others threatened.

Brennan and Lindhout are still being held. Now we’re hearing that two more foreigners — Frenchmen — were grabbed from the Sahafi Hotel this week. My sources have raised some questions about the abduction, however, and until I get better confirmation, count this as uncorroborated news.

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