En fransk eldre handikappet kvinne ble bortført fra den populære ferieøya Lamu i Kenya lørdag morgen. Det er den andre alvorlige bortføringen på tre uker.
Turistindustrien er livsnødvendig for Kenyas økonomi. Kidnappinger får turistene til å fordufte.
Abu Chiaba, the legislator for Lamu East, said the gunmen raided a private house under the cover of darkness, seizing the elderly woman. The area’s police chief said security forces were in the area.
«Armed people came into Manda by boat in the middle of the night. The elderly French woman is well known in the area; she comes to Manda regularly,» Mr Chiaba is reported to have said.
Manda island, part of the Lamu archipelago on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, has a top-class hotel and was, until recently, considered to be one of the safest destinations in Kenya.
Den 11. september – merk datoen – skjedde en brutal bortføring av et britisk ektepar. Mannen ble skutt og drept og kvinnen bortført og solgt som gissel til pirater i Somalia.
On September 11, gunmen attacked the British couple Judith and David Tebbutt, who were holidaying north of Lamu.
The Tebbutts, from the town of Bishop’s Stortford, were the only guests at the Kiwayu Safari Village, just 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the border with conflict-ravaged Somalia.
David Tebbutt was shot dead and his wife was captured. She is believed to have been sold on to pirates now holding her in central Somalia.
Vi ser konturene av lovløshet, sjørøveri, bandevesen og islamisme.
Utenfor Guinea på den vestafrikanske kysten er det nå et tiltagende piratproblem. Der tar man ikke gisler, men tar lasten.
Nedgangstider og tørke vil neppe få lovløsheten til å avta.
French woman kidnapped from north Kenyan coast
An elderly French woman has been kidnapped from the Kenyan resort of Lamu, near to the area from which Judith Tebbutt was taken by armed gunmen and her husband, David, was murdered.