American journalist kidnapped by pirates

Jan. 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

SOUTH GALKACYO, Somalia, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The State Department said Friday it is aware of reports journalist Michael Scott Moore of Manhattan Beach, Calif., has been taken hostage by Somali pirates.

Moore, who is a travel writer, editor-at-large for Germany's Spiegel Online and the author of "Sweetness and Blood," was kidnapped by 15 men Saturday en route to an airport in Somalia where he was researching a book on Somali pirates. An unspecified ransom has been demanded.

"We are aware of news reports that a U.S. citizen has been kidnapped in northern Somalia and we are concerned about the individual's safety and well-being," the State Department said in a statement.

"We have been in contact with the individual's family and we are working with contacts in Kenya and Somalia to ascertain further information."

President Mohammad Ahmed Alim of the autonomous Galmudug region of Somalia, where Moore was kidnapped, attempted to open negotiations with the pirates earlier this week, KTLA, Los Angeles, reported.

Moore's capture came just days before two aid workers were rescued from Somali captors in a U.S. military raid.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy drops bid for speaker
WikiLeaks offering $50K for video of Afghan hospital bombing
Murdoch sorry for implying Obama's not a 'real black president'
Reid sues exercise companies over eye injury
Lumber Liquidators to pay $10M in DOJ settlement