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Friday, February 6, 2009

There's new but unconfirmed details about the situation involving kidnapped journalist Amanda Lindhout of Sylvan Lake.A prominent Somali contact for western journalists seeking updates on the fate of Lindhout and her Australian colleague says the pair made a brief escape late last month and have not been heard from since.

Daud Abdi Daud, Executive Director of Somali Journalists Rights Agency says the pair, in his words, "came close to being killed" on January 26th.Daud says Lindhout and Nigel Brennan escaped in Mohgadishu and ran to the shelter of a mosque.He says, "they appealed to the holy men in the mosque for protection and were told to hide behind the chair of the senior Mulla who was reading the Holy book".

Daud claims two gunmen fired shots inside the mosque and when the militia arrived Amanda Lindhout and Brennan were forcibly removed and were pushed into a car.Daud also says Lindhout reportedly tried to throw herself out of the car without success.