LAMU, Kenya, Sept 11 – One British national has been killed and a second kidnapped in an attack at a beach resort in Kenya, a spokesman for the Foreign Office in London said on Sunday.
“I can confirm that two British citizens were attacked at a beach resort north of Lamu near the Kenya, Somalia border,” the spokesman told AFP. “One was killed and another was kidnapped.”
He refused to give any more details of the attack.
The Lamu archipelago and the surrounding area is the one of Kenya’s top luxury holiday destinations, despite being only around 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of war-torn Somalia.
Most of southern Somalia is controlled by Islamist rebels, the Shebab, who are waging a war against Somalia’s fragile government.
Advice posted on the Foreign Office website advised Britons against going within 30 miles of the Kenya-Somalia border.
It stated: “There have been previous attacks by Somali militia into Kenya.
“Three aid workers were kidnapped in July 2009, and two Western nuns in November 2008.”