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Journalists Group Condemns Shutdown of Somali Radio Station

A reporters' advocacy group has condemned the shutdown of a Somali radio station and the detention of two of its reporters.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says it is alarmed by the closure of Radio Shabelle in the city of Baidoa on Sunday.

Somalia's transitional government shut down the station after it broadcast a report saying 300 Ethiopian soldiers had crossed into Somalia. Ethiopia has denied the report.

The advocacy group quotes Radio Shabelle's deputy director Mohamed Amiin as saying militiamen entered its premises and detained the two journalists, Mohamed Adawe and Ali Mohamed Saed, for about eight hours. It says the government gave no explanation for its action.

The station remained off the air on Monday. Deputy Director Amiin says the station stands by its report that Ethiopian troops took up positions at Baidoa's airport on Saturday.