Teacher rescued in Somalia Terror Hotbed after being kidnapped
Nairobi – The army said Friday it has rescued a kidnapped
teacher four days after she was seized by Islamist insurgents
and taken across the border to war-torn Somalia.
School teacher Judy Mutua, a Kenyan national, was abducted
on Monday in the world’s largest refugee settlement, Dadaab
in northeast Kenya.
The Somali-led and Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents took
the teacher some 15 kilometres (10 miles) into Somalia, but
Kenyan and Somali government forces attacked the gunmen
on Friday morning, killing one kidnapper and arresting
Kenyan army spokesman David Obonyo said Mutua was freed
in a “well coordinated operation” and that the teacher was
“Ms Mutua is currently receiving treatment at a secure
location and will be airlifted by the Kenya Air Force to
Nairobi,” Obonyo said in a statement.
Kenyan troops have been fighting Shebab insurgents inside
southern Somalia since the army invaded in 2011, later joining
the African Union force battling the Islamists.
The Shebab have launched a string of revenge attacks in
Kenya, including their biggest attack to date earlier this year
— the massacre of 148 people, most of them students, at
Garissa university in the northeast.
Some 350,000 Somali refugees live in the Dadaab refugee
camps 80 kilometres (50 miles) inside Kenya from the border.
They have come to Kenya in waves since 1991, propelled by
civil war and famine.