The US television network CBS reported Monday that two of its journalists had gone missing in the predominantly Shiite southern city of Basra. CBS said all efforts were under way to find the journalists. It did not name the journalists and requested "that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved" until more information was available. Iraqi police and witnesses said the kidnapping occurred Sunday morning when about eight masked gunmen wielding machine guns stormed the three-story Sultan Palace Hotel. In New York, the Committee to Protect Journalists said it was "deeply concerned for the safety of our colleagues, and hope they are located swiftly and able to resume their important work covering this critical story."