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  • Two journalists kidnapped in the Somali port city of Bosasso
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(CNN) -- Two journalists were kidnapped Wednesday in the Somali port city of Bosasso, a Somali official told CNN.

The journalists are British and Irish, said Bile Qabow Sade, an adviser to the president of Puntland, a semi-autonomous region of northern Somalia.

They were kidnapped in the market in Bosasso's center, he said. It was not immediately known which organization the journalists worked for.

Somalia's coast has been the center of media attention amid an escalation in piracy along key shipping routes close to the region. Earlier this month a super tanker laden with millions of dollars worth of oil was abducted by Somali pirates.

Journalists and aid workers are frequently targeted by kidnappers in lawless Somalia, listed as one of the world's most dangerous places for reporters by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Four media workers, including an Australian and a Canadian, were abducted outside the Somali capital Mogadishu in August and have yet to be released, according to CPJ.

In December 2007 a French journalist was kidnapped outside Bosasso but released unharmed two weeks later.

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