Kidnapped Briton sick with fever

2011-09-20 14:01

Mogadishu - A British woman held in Somalia after being abducted from a Kenyan beach resort where her husband was shot dead is suffering from stress and has come down with fever, a pirate leader said on Tuesday.

"I was told the hostage is stressed and very sick with fever," Abdi Yare, who said he had spoken to the kidnappers from his pirate lair of Hobyo, told AFP.

Judith Tebbutt, who is reported to have hearing difficulties, was seized early on September 11 from a remote beach resort near the Kenyan-Somali border by armed men who shot dead her husband.

"She also has problems communicating with the kidnappers. She asked for a phone to contact her son and her brother back home," Yare added.

On Sunday elders in Amara, a village north of the pirate hub of Harardhere, said that Tebbutt had been transferred there from a boat by the pirates who are holding her.

Amara, part of the self-proclaimed administration of Himan and Heeb, is the village around which Paul and Rachel Chandler, the British couple seized from their yacht in 2009, were held for most of their time in captivity.

On Tuesday elders in the Harardhere area said Tebbutt has been transferred to an unknown location.

"The pirates have moved the lady from Amara area, we don't exactly know which place, but we are getting that they are changing locations to avoid being tracked down," Abdulahi Muhumad, an elder in Harardhere district said.

Gure Osman, another elder in the area, also gave the same information about pirates moving the hostage from Amara area.

"There are around dozen heavily armed pirates holding the hostage. They have started moving her from place to place in order to fool anyone on their tracks," Osman said.

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-09-20 14:37

    Come on, Britain - mount a raid. Send in the SAS and rescue her. And kill these scumbags before you leave. They're just going to do it again.

      Joe_Cool - 2011-09-20 15:22

      I agree Kill all these somali rubbish. They must be removed for ever

  • IC1 - 2011-09-20 14:42

    THe British Govt should offer them an ultimatum, either the release her immediately, or the UK will deport any/all Somalis in the UK.

      Alana - 2011-09-20 15:36

      You have a very good comment

      Sheherezade - 2011-09-21 05:17

      You are an idiot

  • Kudubul - 2011-09-20 14:43

    Just bomb the place to peaces. That will set them back 200 years

      JohnnySolo - 2011-09-20 15:17

      Actually, that would set them back about three months :-)

  • Alana - 2011-09-20 15:34

    Oh my word, how terrible for her. Can't the UK do anything.

  • PeterVJ - 2011-09-20 16:07

    I had the displeasure of spending time in many of the spots mentioned in the article around the time when the US Marines first came ashore(comedy)What a ruthless,nasty lot they are,generally speaking.If it were'nt for the innocents i,d say nuke the place.

  • fishycraig - 2011-09-20 16:43

    Unfortunately murdering, raping, stealing and now piracy are not really looked upon as moral crimes in Africa. It is just a form of business. And like normal business getting caught is viewed in the same light as paying too much tax for normal people.

  • Eastafrican - 2011-09-20 16:49

    Yes I do not think anybody except some tiresome human rights groups will cry if a harder stand is taken against these criminals. This will happen again and again because these Somalis know that other countries is to scared to act against them because of bad publicity when civilians get hurt. These pirate save havens and each and every boat should be destroyed. The civilians living in these places supports these pirates and should pay the price when they get bombed. Come on Kenya/Tanzania start showing some back bone and rid the world from these parasites.

  • george60 - 2011-09-20 18:38

    Since wrong is right and right is wrong we have this mayham. These pirate rubbish and other clan Somali scumbags that are running Somali must be cleaned out for ever.Why should people that behave themselves always have to support the young and frail?

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