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Somali government says hunting for abducted reporters

The Somali government said Sunday that a hunt has been started for Australian, Canadian and Somali journalists abducted abducted Distal angulation of an extremity away from the midline of the body in a transverse plane and away from a sagittal plane passing through the proximal aspect of the foot or part, or away from some other specified reference point  near the dangerous capital of Mogadishu on Sunday.

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 for the foreign freelance reporters said they believed a ransom would be demanded.

"We are getting information that they are still in captivity but their whereabouts are unknown," government spokesman Abdi Haji Gobdon told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

"The ministry of information is closely following their situation," he added.

The Australian was believed to be Nigel Brennan and his family has expressed concern. Canadian media identified the other missing reporter as Amanda Lindhout.

The foreigners, who arrived in Somalia on August 20, and their Somali fixer were seized on the road from Mogadishu to Afgoye, where they intended to visit refugee camps.

"We don't have any concrete informations on the kidnappers or where they have been taken but we are trying to find out how they are," said Mohamed Elmi, the father of the Somali journalist.

"Some of the information we are getting so far indicates that the journalists were kidnapped by freelance militias who want a ransom," he added.

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 and called for caution among journalists in the conflict-stricken African nation.

"Prudence is required in Somalia, where the situation is complex and journalists and humanitarian aid Humanitarian aid is material or logistical assistance provided for humanitarian purposes, typically in response to humanitarian crises. The primary objective of humanitarian aid is to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity.  workers are often abducted by militias acting with very diverse motives," it said in a statement.

The National Union of Somali Journalists was helping with the efforts, said its secretary general Omar Faruk Osman.

In Sydney, Brennan's family said they were "deeply concerned" that he might be one of the two abducted reporters and confirmed he was missing.

The Canadian government said it was in contact with authorities in Somalia but did not confirm the identity of the reporter involved.

A security official at a hotel near the incident, about 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Mogadishu, said the journalists were seized at gunpoint.

Journalists and humanitarian workers are frequently abducted in Somalia, a country torn apart by civil war since 1991. Most kidnappings include ransom demands.

There has been mounting unrest in Somalia since Ethiopian troops ousted the Islamist militia that had controlled large parts of the Horn of Africa Horn of Africa, peninsula, NE Africa, opposite the S Arabia Peninsula. Also known as the Somali Peninsula, it encompasses Somalia and E Ethiopia and is the easternmost extension of the continent, separating the Gulf of Aden from the Indian Ocean.  country in 2006.

On Saturday, the UN's special representative to Somalia condemned three days of clashes in the port of Kismayo this week that left 40 people dead, many of them civilians.

The Islamists seized control of the key southern port during the fighting.

Ethiopian troops rolled into Somalia, which has lacked an effective government since 1991, in late 2006 at the bequest of the embattled transitional administration.

The Islamists have reverted to guerrilla warfare guerrilla warfare (gərĭl`ə) [Span.,=little war], fighting by groups of irregular troops (guerrillas) within areas occupied by the enemy.  and have been targeting Somali government forces, Ethiopian troops and African Union peacekeepers almost daily.

The clashes have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and killed more than 6,000 people last year alone.
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