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Journalist freed after 146 days in captivity

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  • Mohamed Elmi was freed Thursday night along with two drivers
  • Two western journalists were abducted with Elmi and the drivers on August 23
  • Still no word on Amanda Lindout of Canada and Nigel Brenan of Australia
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(CNN) -- A freelance photographer has been freed after 146 days in captivity in Somalia, a journalists' organization said Friday.

The Somali photographer, Abdifatah Mohamed Elmi, was freed Thursday night along with two drivers, according to a statement from the National Union of Somali Journalists.

There was no word, however, on the fate of two Western journalists who were kidnapped with Elmi, the statement said. Amanda Lindout of Canada and Nigel Brenan of Australia were abducted with Elmi and the drivers on August 23.

"We are very pleased that our colleague Abdifatah Mohamed Elmi was released unhurt and in good health," the union said, but "we remain tremendously concerned over the destiny of our colleagues Amanda Lindout and Nigel Brenan."

Somalia is the seventh most deadly nation in the world for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Members of the news media work under duress there amid a war between the weak transitional government and insurgents, the committee said, and 10 Somali journalists have been killed in the last two years.

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