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Kidnapping in Kenya

According to koodakpress، Five people, including children, shot and injured in an attack . Gunmen have kidnapped an Italian volunteer in south-east Kenya and shot five people, police said, in the first abduction of a foreigner since a series of raids blamed on Somali Islamist militants six years ago. Men armed with AK-47 rifles attacked the […]

According to koodakpress، Five people, including children, shot and injured in an attack .

Gunmen have kidnapped an Italian volunteer in south-east Kenya and shot five people, police said, in the first abduction of a foreigner since a series of raids blamed on Somali Islamist militants six years ago.

Men armed with AK-47 rifles attacked the town of Chakama and seized a 23-year-old woman who was working for the Italian charity Africa Milele Onlus, the national police service added.

The attackers, who spoke Somali, opened fire on people fleeing the scene, Chad Joshua Kazungu, a witness, told Reuters by phone. “There were three attackers and they targeted the Italian lady,” he said.

Five people were wounded, including a 10-year-old shot in the eye and a 12-year-old hit in the thigh, police said. They were taken to hospital.

Chakama, in Kenya’s Kilifi region, is 40 miles (60 km) inland from the coastal tourist resort of Malindi.

Police said they had still not identified the attackers and their motives were unclear.

Another unnamed witness told Kenyan TV channel KTN News that the attackers grabbed the woman as she came out of her room to find out what was going on.

“Their aim was to get money but they took off with her to the river and, before leaving the village, they started shooting in the air and they shot one woman and four boys,” the witness said.

Tourist numbers and earnings plunged sharply from 2012 to 2016 as militants from the al-Shabaab group in neighbouring Somalia launched a series of attacks on Kenyan soil in retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia.

A number of foreigners were kidnapped on the coast in 2011 and 2012 but none have been abducted since.

The Italian embassy in Nairobi declined to comment on Tuesday’s abduction and referred callers to the foreign ministry in Rome.

There was no immediate comment from the charity, which, according to its website, was founded in 2011 by an Italian couple after they honeymooned in Africa.

Chakama is nearly 185 miles (300 km) south-west of the Kenya-Somalia border.

 

 

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Resources:The Guardian