Ministers say Kenya will pursue Somali kidnappers

Mail and Guardian – Bernard Momanyi, Nairobi, 16 October

Kenyan forces will pursue across the Somali border armed kidnappers responsible for a spate of abductions of foreigners, the internal security minister said on Saturday.

Branding Somalia’s al-Qaeda inspired al-Shabaab rebels “the enemy”, George Saitoti said Kenya intended to track down the kidnappers whose raids on two beach resorts have dealt a major blow to Kenya’s tourism industry.

“Our territorial integrity is threatened with serious security threats of terrorism, we cannot allow this to happen at all,” said Saitoti.

“It means we are now going to pursue the enemy, who are the al-Shabaab, to wherever they will be, even in their country,” he told reporters.

In just over the past month, a British woman and a French woman have been abducted from beach resorts, while two Spanish aid workers were on Thursday seized from a refugee camp.  Read more…

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