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Somalia: Al-Jazeera airs video of abducted Canadian journalist

The Al-Jazeera television network has broadcast a film clip of kidnapped Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout and an Australian colleague, says a Canadian Press (CA) report). Lindhout, a freelance television and print reporter, and photographer Nigel Brennan, were abducted almost a month ago while on assignment in Somalia.

The Al-Jazeera video shows Lindhout wearing an Arab robe and surrounded by gunmen. She is shown speaking to the camera but the video's soundtrack was not aired. Al-Jazeera says the two appeared in the video to appeal to their governments to work for their release.

The Qatar-based TV network says their kidnappers are members of the so-called Mujahedeen of Somalia, which accuses the governments of Australia and Canada of "contributing to the destruction of Somalia."

The journalists were abducted August 23, along with a Somali journalist acting as their translator, and two Somali guards, while travelling to Elasha, some 20 kilometres southwest of the capital Mogadishu.

Date posted: September 19, 2008 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 700