Michael Scott Moore, who previously worked as a theater critic for SF Weekly, was reportedly captured by Somali pirates over the weekend while he was traveling to central Somalia to research for his book about Somali pirates.
The LA Times reports that Moore was on his way to the airport when 15 men in two SUVs kidnapped him, believing he was perhaps a spy. The U.S. State Department issued a statement expressing concern for Moore, who is a Los Angeles resident, and his safety. His captors have threatened to kill him unless a ransom is paid. A specific amount was not specified.