Frenchwoman kidnapped in Kenya dies

2011-10-19 11:21
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French woman kidnapped in Kenya

An elderly French woman was abducted in Kenya by armed gun man in the Kenyan island of Manda. She is the second armed abduction of a foreign visitor from the east African country's coast in three weeks.

Paris - France's foreign ministry says a Frenchwoman who was taken hostage off a resort in northern Kenya and had been held in Somalia has died.

The ministry said in a statement that unspecified "contacts" had indicated to French officials that Marie Dedieu had died but that the date and circumstances of her death were not immediately clear.

The ministry said on Wednesday that the kidnappers "probably refused to give her the medication we sent her". Kenya's government blamed the attack on Somali militants from the al-Shabaab group.

Dedieu, who French officials said was in her 60s, was captured from an island resort near the northern Kenyan town of Lamu on October 01.

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