A French woman has been kidnapped by an armed gang on Kenya's northern resort island of Manda, officials say.Whether the attackers are Kenyan, Somali or some combination thereof, they are certainly among the scum of the earth.
The elderly woman - who is said to be disabled - was attacked at a rented thatched bungalow at Ras Kitau.
Witnesses said they heard shots being fired before the woman was taken away in a motorboat.
Two coastguard ships later surrounded the boat carrying the attackers and the hostage near the Somali border, Kenya's tourism minister said.
Najib Balala added that the attackers were firing into the air - apparently to try to scare off the vessels.
A police helicopter is also taking part in the rescue operation.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
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