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Kenya:Gunmen kidnap 4 in Kenyan refugee camp

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Laaska News Oct. 13,2011

Doctors Without Borders worker. Photo: EPA

Gunmen have attacked a refugee camp in Kenya hijacking four workers, Associated Press reported Thursday.

Two of the hijacked people are Kenyan citizens.

The citizenship of the two others has not been reported.

The foreigners came to Kenya as part of the Doctors Without Borders program.

Kenyan policemen are now chasing the criminals. The Kenyan-Somalia border has been closed. 


Gunmen abduct 2 Doctors Without Borders staff

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A group of unidentified gunmen kidnapped four logistics workers from the Doctors Without Borders charity in the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

It quoted a local police spokesperson as saying that “police are following the gunmen by land and air” and that the border with Somalia has already been closed.


 Aid workers in Kenya camp seized near Somali border

NAIROBI, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) — Unknown gunmen have abducted two international aid doctors working for medical charity Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) in northern Kenya, both police and MSF officials confirmed on Thursday.

MSF Regional Information Officer Maimouna Jallow said the incident took place on Thursday morning in Dadaab’s Ifo extension camp which also left one driver injured. “This morning a MSF team suffered an incident in Dadaab (Ifo extension camp). One driver was injured. He is currently hospitalised and stable. Two international staff are missing,” Jallow told Xinhua by telephone.

She said a crisis team has been set up to deal with this incident. “We can not provide any more information for the moment, ” Jallow said.

The latest attack follows the recent kidnappings in northern Kenya of a British tourist and a Frenchwoman from Kenyan resorts near the Somalia border last month.

Northeastern police chief Leo Nyongesa also confirmed the incident, saying two Europeans were seized from the Dadaab refugee camp, which houses hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing famine and fighting in Somalia.

Nyongesa said the police are pursuing the attackers believed to be from Somalia’s militant group Al Shabaab, who have spread their attacks near the Kenyan border.

The police chief said he believed the attackers were still holed up inside the country, adding that the police have sealed the border between the two countries. “I can confirm that two aid workers were abducted earlier today. We are pursuing the attackers by road and air and have also closed the borders,” Nyongesa told Xinhua by telephone from Garissa of the North Eastern Province.

The Thursday’s attack follows a similar one on Sept. 21 involving a Kenyan driver working for the charity, who was abducted from Dadaab refugee camp that now counts as Kenya’s third- largest city, housing 450,000 refugees.

The latest incident comes amid fear that has gripped residents of the tourist resort of Lamu following the second attack last month by the 10 heavily armed Somali militiamen who are now holding the French physically challenged woman.

The first attack was executed at Kiiwayu Safari lodge in Mkokoni area in Kiunga division near the Somali border. David Tebbutt was killed in the attack when he resisted the militia men while his wife Judith Tebbutt was kidnapped and has not been rescued up to date with latest reports saying she could now be in Somali land under the hands of the terror gang.


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