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Manhattan Beach travel and surfing journalist kidnapped by Somali pirates

Travel and surfing journalist Michael Scott Moore was kidnapped by Somali pirates on Saturday. His book "Sweetness and Blood" was named a book of the year by the Economist in 2010.
Travel and surfing journalist Michael Scott Moore was kidnapped by Somali pirates on Saturday. His book "Sweetness and Blood" was named a book of the year by the Economist in 2010. Screenshot via Amazon.com

Manhattan Beach surfing and travel journalist Michael Scott Moore was taken hostage in Somalia on Saturday while researching a book about Somali pirates.

The writer, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Germany, was kidnapped days before two aid worker hostages, including 32-year-old American Jessica Buchanan, were rescued in a midnight raid by Navy SEAL Team 6, the L.A. Times details.

The U.S. State Department is concerned, and issued a statement saying as much: "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."

Moore, a 1987 graduate of Mira Costa High School who had recently been living in Berlin, previously traveled to Africa to research a seriers of articles on the same subject, KTLA reported

The pirates believe Moore to be a spy, according to reports from Somalia, and he was abducted by 15 men in two SUVs while en route to an airport. He's believed to be in Ceel Huur, a village on the Indian Ocean.

The Somali pirates are demanding ransom and will reportedly not negotiate until the undisclosed amount of money has been paid.

A 2006-2007 Fulbright fellow for journalism in Germany, Moore serves as editor-at-large for Berlin's Spiegel Online and has written the Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Monthly, and Slate. "Sweetness and Blood," Moore's book on surfing history, was named as a book of the year in 2010 by the Economist.

 

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