Kenya kidnappings

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Travelers are being advised to avoid traveling to any coastal area of Kenya within 100 miles of the Somali border. The British Foreign Office stated, “Beachfront accommodation in that area and boats off the coast are vulnerable.”

On the coast of Kenya near Somalia, Somali gunmen linked to the al-Shabaab terrorist group killed a British man and kidnapped his wife at a luxury resort in Kiwayu on Sept. 11. On Oct. 1, a French woman living on the resort island of Manda in northern Kenya was taken by armed men and several days later died while still a captive. On Oct. 12, two Spanish foreign aid workers were abducted from the Dadaab refugee camp.

The Kenyan government, in a joint military action with Somali forces, sent troops to attack al-Shabaab bases in the Dhobley district of Somalia with the goal of preventing further kidnappings. Al-Shabaab warned Kenya to remove its troops or “face retribution.”

On Oct. 23, a grenade attack at a bar in downtown Nairobi wounded 14 people, and an attack at a bus station on Temple Road killed one person and injured 18.

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Travelers are being advised to avoid traveling to any coastal area of Kenya within 100 miles of the Somali border. The British Foreign Office stated, “Beachfront accommodation in that area and boats off the coast are vulnerable.”

On the coast of Kenya near Somalia, Somali gunmen linked to the al-Shabaab terrorist group killed a British man and kidnapped his wife at a luxury resort in Kiwayu on Sept. 11. On Oct. 1, a French woman living on the resort island of Manda in northern Kenya was taken by armed men and several days later died while still a captive. On Oct. 12, two Spanish foreign aid workers were abducted from the Dadaab refugee camp.

The Kenyan government, in a joint military action with Somali forces, sent troops to attack al-Shabaab bases in the Dhobley district of Somalia with the goal of preventing further kidnappings. Al-Shabaab warned Kenya to remove its troops or “face retribution.”

On Oct. 23, a grenade attack at a bar in downtown Nairobi wounded 14 people, and an attack at a bus station on Temple Road killed one person and injured 18.