Chakama attack: Italian aid worker kidnapped by heavily armed gunmen in south-east Kenya

  21 November 2018    Read: 1059
Chakama attack: Italian aid worker kidnapped by heavily armed gunmen in south-east Kenya

An Italian woman has been kidnapped by gunmen during an attack on the south-eastern coastal town of Chakama in Kenya, and five other women and young men have been shot.

An Italian woman has been kidnapped by gunmen during an attack on the south-eastern coastal town of Chakama in Kenya, and five other women and young men have been shot.

Police said a "gang... abducted an Italian lady aged 23 years who is a volunteer of Africa Milele Onlus, an NGO operating in the area", in a statement posted on Twitter.

A witness said the gunmen were initially demanding money from terrified residents, but took the Italian volunteer, who has not been named, with them when they left. It is the first kidnapping of a European citizen in Kenya for a number of years.

The men, armed with AK-47 rifles, attacked the town of Chakama on Tuesday evening, police said. The town is west of Malindi, a major tourism destination on the coast.


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