Somali kidnappers have freed two freelance journalists abducted in the capital, Mogadishu, in August 2008, after a $1 million ransom was paid. Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan were abducted by armed men as they reported from a refugee camp. Brennan said he was pistol-whipped and kept in chains for 10 months, and that his kidnappers threatened to sell him to the radical Islamist al-Shabaab group, which regularly launches deadly attacks on African Union peacekeepers. Lindhout said she was beaten and tortured. Read more: Bloomberg, BBC
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