Gunmen killed a British man and abducted his wife from a beach resort in northern Kenya near the East African nation’s border with lawless Somalia.
According to Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere, the couple were the resort’s only guests. They arrived at the resort Saturday after visiting Kenya’s Masai Mara reserve.
He added that the attackers broke into their accommodation overnight on Saturday at the Kiwayu Safari Village resort 50 kilometers (about 30 miles) north of the island resort of Lamu, which is near the Somali border.
It was unclear if the attackers came from neighboring Somalia, where pirates often prey on foreigners, or if they were Kenyans.
Tourists are usually being attacked in Kenya, which is popular for its safari vacations and pristine beaches. It also provides livelihood for local people. Hence, the need for beefed-up security patrols along the border with Somalia.
Somali gunmen have attacked westerners, across the Kenyan border, on several occasions. Three aid workers were kidnapped in July 2009, and two western nuns in November 2008.