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Translated Wednesday 27 August 2008, by Gene Zbikowski

Kidnapping of three journalists

Somali authorities were trying yesterday to locate the Somali, Australian and Canadian journalists who were kidnapped Saturday by unidentified gunmen near Mogadishu. The three journalists were kidnapped Saturday August 23 at midday on the road linking the capital and Afgoye (15 miles farther west) where they had intended to visit displaced persons camps. The Somali was working as an interpreter-cum-guide for his two foreign colleagues.

According to the general secretary of the national union of Somali journalists (NUSOJ), Omar Faruk Osman, the two foreign journalists who have been kidnapped are Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian, and Nigel Brennan, an Australian freelance photographer.

A series of attacks on the police.

At least five people, including two policemen, were killed and 19 injured yesterday in Baghdad and Baquba in attacks targeting the Iraqi police forces.

In the capital, three people were killed and eight injured, including five policemen, in the explosion of a bomb targeting a patrol in a road leading to the ministry of the interior. In Baquba, 36 miles northeast of Baghdad, two policemen were killed and six, including a woman, were injured in a shootout, according to the ministry of defense.

Beginning of the election campaign

365 candidates are running in the legislative elections in Rwanda, which will be held from September 15 to 18, the second elections since the 1994 genocide, according to the final list established by the national electoral commission.

The coalition of the governing Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR) and six small parties which are allied with the president Paul Kagame’s FPR is running 80 candidates. In the last elections in 2003 – both legislative and presidential – the ex-rebellion of the FPR won a landslide victory.

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