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Somali man arrested in Canada for journalists kidnapping

June 12, 2015

Canadian federal police announced Friday the arrest of a Somali national in the 2008 kidnapping of Canadian and Australian journalists.

Ali Omar Ader had been in Ottawa for “a few days” before he was taken into custody by Royal Canadian Mounted Police national security unit.

Several Canadian agencies, as well as Australian federal police, were involved in the investigation that the RCMP said, “required the deployment of a number of investigative techniques over a long period of time.”

Ader is accused of involvement in the hostage negotiations that led to the November 2009 release of freelance journalists Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan.

The Canadian and Australian had been kidnapped near Mogadishu, Somalia 15 months earlier.

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