NAIROBI (Reuters) – Gunmen kidnapped four aid workers and killed a driver at Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp near the border with Somalia on Friday, in the first kidnapping of foreigners since Kenya sent troops into Somalia in October to try to crush Islamist militants.
The gunmen are suspected sympathisers of Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents, regional deputy police chief Philip Ndolo, told Reuters.
In Somalia, al Shabaab said it was not aware of the attack.
“So far we are not aware about any aid workers kidnapped from Kenya’s refugee camps,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the spokesman for al Shabaab’s military operations, told Reuters.
Kenyan police said the four were nationals of Norway, Canada, Pakistan and the Philippines. A Kenyan driver in a second vehicle was killed during the attack.
They were working for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the group’s secretary general, Elisabeth Rasmusson, was also in the convoy and was unharmed, the aid group said.
A Kenyan driver was shot in the attack had died of his injuries while being treated, Ndolo said. Two other Kenyans were also shot, another driver and a contractor for the NRC, he said.
Police and the military were now pursuing the kidnappers who drove towards the Kenya and Somalia border, police said.
“I can confirm that military helicopters have been dispatched,” Colonel Cyrus Oguna of the Kenya Defence Forces told Reuters.
Ndolo said the car in which the aid workers were travelling had been abandoned by the attackers, and that the group were probably using another vehicle or were on foot.
He could not say if they had already crossed into Somalia.
Here is a stunningly pathetic sanitized and politically correct video from CTV news on this issue. Get ready for this. Look at your watch when the woman is asked who did the kidnappings. You can hear something snap inside as she figures out how to avoid answering that question. While she mentions Al Shabab, she never mentions the fact that they are an orthodox Muslim group. Hell she doesn’t even use the laughable and synthetic term, ‘Islamist’. The rest of the clip she attempts to try and defer attention from them and make it look like maybe it was an organized crime gang that did it. (Although certainly not a Chicago one cause then, you know, maybe Obama might be involved)