Somalia: Two kidnapped journalists freed

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A Canadian and Australian journalist were freed on Wednesday after more than a year in captivity, Somali officials said. Police spokesman Col. Abdulhai Hassan Barise said Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan are at a Mogadishu hotel with Somali lawmaker Botan Isse Alin. Barise and Alin declined to say if ransom was paid for their release. The journalists were kidnapped last August along with their Somali driver and two Somali guards while traveling southwest of the capital. Journalists and humanitarian workers are frequently abducted for ransoms in Somalia, one of the world's poorest and most war-torn countries. Foreign and local workers generally travel in convoys heavily guarded by freelance militiamen.