Kenya holds kidnapped Frenchwoman's employee

3rd October 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Kenyan man who worked at the home of a disabled Frenchwoman who was kidnapped and taken to Somalia is providing investigators with crucial information, police said Monday.

A gang of 10 armed kidnappers seized Marie Dedieu, 66, early Saturday from her home on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago.

"The man we have in custody was working at the womans home and he is assisting us with the investigation," said a police source who asked not to be identified.

"There are aspects we want him to clarify to us because he is crucial in this investigation," the police officer added.

Dedieu, who needs a wheelchair to move around and who is on several types of medication, was taken to war-torn Somalia by her captors, Kenyan officials said.

She has lived for the past 15 years in the Lamu archipelago, off Kenya's northern coast.

The kidnapping is the second in the area in less than one month. A British tourist, Judith Tebbutt, was seized on September 11 to the north of Lamu by an armed gang who killed her husband.

© 2011 AFP

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