2 Oct 2011

Kidnapped woman taken to Somalia

8:52 am on 2 October 2011

A French woman has been kidnapped by armed men on a resort island in Kenya and taken to Somalia.

The woman, 66, who was in a wheelchair, was attacked at her bungalow at 3.30am on Saturday at Ras Kitau on the northern island of Manda.

Two coastguard vessels and a police helicopter gave chase, but the kidnappers managed to enter Somali territory in a motor boat.

The BBC reports it was the second abduction of a foreign visitor in three weeks.

Tourism minister Najib Balala told the BBC the area is difficult to police.

France has warned French visitors to avoid the area.