11th September 2011
Armed men have killed a British man and kidnapped his wife from a beach resort in northern Kenya, according to a Nairobi-based diplomat.
The diplomat said today that the attackers broke into their accommodation at the resort about 30 miles north of the island resort of Lamu, which is off Kenya’s coast and near the border with lawless Somalia.
He said they killed the man and kidnapped his wife overnight Saturday. He declined to give further details.
He spoke on condition of anonymity.
Attacks on tourists are unusual in Kenya, which is popular for its safari vacations and pristine beaches.
The Foreign Office confirmed that two British citizens were attacked near Kenya’s border with Somalia and that one was killed, but declined to comment further.
The diplomat said attackers broke into their accommodation overnight on Saturday at the Kiwayu Safari Village resort about 30 miles north of Lamu.
It was unclear if the attackers came from neighbouring Somalia, where pirates often prey on foreigners, or if they were Kenyans.
Kenyan police did not return calls seeking comment. There was no answer from the resort, which consists of 18 luxury cottages spread along a private beach.
Kenyan police spokesman Eric Kiraithe declined to give details but said officers have launched a search and rescue operation