The bodyguards of the journalist and the kidnappers have exchanged with additional gun fire that prevented the assailants from the abduction of the journalists.Kidnappings have been on the rise in Somalia, which has not had a functioning government for more than 15 years.
No further details on that incident are availible. In the past week alone, five people have been abducted. A German couple, their son and a French yacht captain were kidnapped Monday off the Gulf of Aden and pirates were demanding a $1 million ransom. A Somali employee of the U.N. refugee agency was taken June 21 outside Mogadishu. ALSO in mogdisho..The deputy district commissioner of Hamar Jajab District in Mogadishu was wounded after an armed group opened fire at her home on Saturday morning residents said.The incident was confirmed by Hamar Jajab District Commissioner Qorleh, who told Mareeg online that his deputy was injured, and rushed to AMISOM [African Union Mission in Somalia] Hospital in Mogadishu.He added that her condition was improving.The incident is part of attacks against officials of Banadir region's administration.Hamar Jajab District commissioner accused insurgents of being behind today's attack. al-shabaab today abducted workers of WFL agency which is based in Lower Shabelle Region. The workers who are all Somali nationals left Marka town and were heading towards Aden Adde International Airport from where they were intending to fly abroad. However, on reaching Afgoi District 30km north of Mogadishu the workers were abducted. The Italian agency is involved in water development activities.No further details on that kidnapping are available