The vessel was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, an area that has seen a spike in piracy since 2007. The pirates are demanding a US$2 million ransom payment, according to Reuters.President Yusuf's trip to Puntland comes on a day Prime Minister Nur Adde signed a power-sharing agreement with an opposition faction. READ: 'Unity Government' to elect new President, Speaker
Puntland, located in northeastern Somalia, is slated to elect a new leader in January 2009.
BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) - Somali security forces have arrested five men for the kidnapping this week of two European journalists who are being held in the hills east of Bosasso, the local governor said on Sunday.
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Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan are safe and still being held in Somalia according to Reporters Without Borders. The two journalists were kidnapped in August along with their Somali fixers. A ransom deadline, for an alleged $2.5 million, passed a month ago.
“What we can confirm is they are fine, in the same place and in the hands of the same group.” [said Leonard Vincent, Africa desk chief of Paris-based Reporters without Borders] link
We continue to update the situation on the kidnap in this post as and when we receive any news.date on the Amanda Lindhout kidnap in Somalia