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Canada: Police arrests Somali national for alleged role in 2008 kidnapping of foreign journalists


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(By Bonny Apunyu)

A Somali national, Ali Omar Ader was on Thursday arrested by Canadian Police for his alleged role in a 2008 hostage-taking in Somalia of two freelance journalists, police announced on Friday.

According to Reuters, Canadian police said the Somali national’s involvement was as a negotiator during the 15 months the journalists- Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan -were in captivity.

Daily Mail UK reported that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Assistant Commissioner James Malizia told reporters the arrest followed extraterritorial undercover operations, but he would not say whether the Somali government had been kept informed. Upon their release for ransom in November 2009, Lindhout and Brennan recounted having been beaten, tortured and nearly starved.

According to Daily Mail, Lindhout and Brennan were kidnapped on Aug. 23, 2008. Lindhout told the Toronto Star after her release that her kidnappers were Islamic fundamentalists affiliated with the Hizbul-Islam insurgent group.

Brennan reportedly  tweeted the following message after news of the arrest: "Amazing news of the arrest of Ali Omar Ader, aka Adan the Somali criminal involved in my kidnapping. Finally Justice will be served!."

In 2013 Lindhout recounted her experience in "A House in the Sky," which went on to become a New York Times bestseller. (Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama; and Peter Galloway)