Somali lawmaker "feared abducted by Islamists": gov't official

11:35, February 12, 2010      

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A Somali Member of Parliament feared kidnapped by Islamist rebels after he disappeared from his hotel room in Mogadishu, parliament sources said Thursday.

Salah Nuh Ismail, known as Salah Badbado, went missing from his hotel room in the government-controlled side of Mogadishu and calls to his mobile phone went unanswered, Mohamed Hussein Nur, a lawmaker confirmed to Xinhua.

"The last time we had contact with him was midnight on Wednesday before he went to bed and no one has heard of him since then and we fear he might be abducted by the anti-peace elements (Islamist rebels)," Nur said.

He added that Somali government security forces are carrying out searches for the disappeared lawmaker.

The area where the lawmaker's hotel locates is heavily protected by government forces and is home to the government offices and hotels where government officials including lawmakers and ministers reside.

Islamist rebels abducted two French security advisers from their hotel rooms in the area last year. One of the French nationals managed to escape his captors while the other still remain captive for the radical Islamist group of Al Shabaab.

Islamist rebels, who run much of south and centre of Somalia, have for the past three years, been waging deadly insurgency against Somali government which control small parts of the restive capital, Mogadishu.

Source: Xinhua
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