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Sources: Kidnapped French Woman Taken to al-Shabab Part of Somalia

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Sources in Somalia say a French woman kidnapped from Kenya on Saturday has been taken to a Somali region controlled by al-Shabab militants. Elders in the Somali town of Kismayo told VOA Monday that Marie Dedieu is being held in a coastal area of the Lower Jubba region, of which Kismayo is the capital. A […]

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Kenya Mediator Hopes to Get French Woman Released

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenya has sent mediators to Somalia to try to secure the release of a French woman abducted from a Kenyan resort. Kenyan Tourism Minister Najib Balala tells VOA that Kenya has set up a “small team” that will try to win Marie Dedieu’s freedom, either through a rescue operation or through negotiations with the kidnappers. […]

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Britain Issues Travel Advisory Following Kenyan Kidnapping

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Britain has issued a travel advisory for its citizens following the kidnapping of a French woman on a Kenyan island. British citizens are warned against traveling the coastal areas where the woman was kidnapped by Somali militants early Saturday. Kenyan officials say shots were fired as gunmen stormed the woman’s beach house near the resort […]

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Kidnappers Escape Evade Kenyan Forces, Flee to Somalia

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A gang of militant gunmen who kidnapped a Frenchwoman in Kenyan territory have evaded Kenyan naval forces and escaped to Somalia. Kenyan officials say the militants landed on Kenya’s Manda Island under cover of darkness early Saturday. They stormed the woman’s beach house in a hail of gunfire that terrified neighbors. The militants then carried […]

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Kenya: Pirate-Kidnappers Surrounded at Sea

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan authorities are in pursuit of suspected pirates blamed for kidnapping a wheelchair-bound French woman from her beach house. Kenyan Tourism Minister Najib Balala said the pirates’ ship has been surrounded by two Kenyan ships and that Kenya is also following the pirates from the air. Earlier, officials said shots had been fired during the […]

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Suspected Pirates Kidnap French Woman From Kenyan Island

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan authorities say suspected Somali pirates have kidnapped a French woman from a beach house on Manda Island, near the resort town of Lamu. Reuters reports the woman’s fiance says the gunmen targeted the woman when they broke into the couple’s house. The woman, who uses a wheelchair, was carried by the kidnappers to a […]

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Pakistan Asks Karzai to Help Secure Release of 30 Kidnapped Youths

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to help with efforts to secure the release of about 30 Pakistani youths abducted by Taliban militants along the Pakistani-Afghan border last week. Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik made the appeal to Mr. Karzai Sunday. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s kidnapping of the youths, […]

Pakistani Police Deny Reports Kidnapped American Freed

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials are denying reports that an American kidnapped from the eastern city of Lahore earlier this month has been rescued. Police officials and Pakistani media said Thursday that development expert Warren Weinstein had been freed in Punjab province’s city of Khushab. But Lahore’s police chief, Ahmed Raza Tahir, later denied reports that Weinstein had […]

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Pakistani Police Deny Reports Kidnapped American Freed

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials are denying reports that an American kidnapped from the eastern city of Lahore earlier this month has been rescued. Lahore police chief, Ahmed Raza Tahir, told reporters earlier on Thursday that development expert Warren Weinstein had been freed in Punjab province’s city of Khushab. But Tahir later said that Weinstein had not been […]

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Pakistani Police Make Arrests in Kidnapping of American

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Pakistan say they have arrested three people in connection with the kidnapping of an American in the city of Lahore earlier this month. Authorities gave little detail about the arrests Wednesday, but they confirmed the suspects were part of a network involved in the abduction of development expert Warren Weinstein. The 70-year-old U.S. […]

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