Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/08/23

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Subject: [Leica] Aussie photographer reported kidnapped in Mogadishu
From: hoppyman at (Geoff Hopkinson)
Date: Sat Aug 23 23:20:36 2008

August 24, 2008 

A QUEENSLAND-BASED photographer is believed to have been abducted by
unidentified armed rebels in Somalia.Foreign Affairs officials are seeking
to confirm reports that Brisbane-based photographer Nigel Brennan has been
taken captive near the capital, Mogadishu. Somalian police reported today
that two freelance journalists, an Australian man and a Canadian woman, were
kidnapped on a road about 25km from Mogadishu. The pair were reportedly
attempting to visit nearby refugee camps. Canadian media outlet has named the Canadian as Amanda Lindhout, 27, from
Alberta. She reportedly arrived in the country with an Australian friend,
understood to be Mr Brennan. Staff at the Hotel Shamo in Mogadishu, where
the two were staying, said they did not return as planned from a brief trip
outside the capital. Journalists and humanitarian workers are frequently
abducted in Somalia, a country devastated by civil war since 1991. Most
kidnappings include ransom demands. The Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade website warns "of widespread armed conflict, very high threat of
terrorist attack against western interests'' and advises Australians against
travel to Somalia. "Westerners have been targeted and killed in terrorist
attacks throughout Somalia, including Mogadishu. Foreigners, including
Australians, have been kidnapped.'' Mr Brennan studied photography at
Griffith University. He has worked as a freelance photographer for several
regional and national publications. He was a photographer at the Bundaberg
NewsMail newspaper for 12 months until January. 

- AAP