Sunday, September 11, 2011

BRITON KILLED, WIFE KIDNAPPED NEAR KENYAN-SOMALIAN BORDER

Gunmen shot and killed a British national and kidnapped his wife from a beach resort situated very close to the northern Kenyan-Somalian border, after they arrived at a game reserve on Saturday (September 10) (where they were also the only guests). Names have not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

COMMENT: Most of the bungalows and cottages at game parks in Kenya are made of local materials and are not constructed with security in mind, which is regretful because game park crime is a frequent occurrence, particularly near the Somalian border.

Investigative leads suggest that the intruders simply pushed open a hanging door and the husband resisted, which is something I almost always DISCOURAGE in cases of economic crime. As I have said many times in the past, foreign travelers bring with them large amounts of money, gadgets, mobile phones and cameras, which is a huge enticement for locals down on their luck.

A Kenyan police officer was arriving at the crime scene about the time that six gunmen were taking the British woman away, but reportedly did not fire his pistol, as he was concerned with injuring the victim.

Leads also indicate that the wife may have been taken away by small boat.
It is not known if the assailants/kidnappers were from neighboring Somalia, Somalian-based pirates, an al-Qaeda-linked insurgent group called al-Shabab or Kenyans.

The British Foreign Office commented that they continue to discourage all but essential travel within 30 miles of the Somalian border due to the risk of cross-border crime and violence.

In 2007, the U.S. Embassy warned that Somali-based Islamic extremists might try to kidnap Westerners at beach resorts near Kiwayu Island (which is also near the border).


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