Tonight on The World at 8 with Lynne Mozar – Judith Tebbutt, the British woman kidnapped from her Kenyan lodge, is being held on an island in Somalia by pirates, who are expected to order a ransom demand within the next few days.
The 56-year-old, whose husband was shot dead by the gang during a raid on their beach hut on Saturday, is understood to be unhurt and being held by a gang made up of Somali and Kenyan pirates. A team of Metropolitan Police travelled to Kenya to help the authorities there with the ongoing investigation.
Shebwana Bwana, a Kenyan village chief who spoke to a member of the hotel staff, revealed details of how the attack took place.
He said that the eight-man gang of six Kenyans and two Somalis went under the cover of darkness and travelled to the village of Rubu. Mr Bwana explained that they then forced a guard at gunpoint to reveal which beach huts were occupied.
They then attempted to kidnap the couple, who had only just arrived at the secluded resort several hours earlier. They shot Mr Tebbutt in the head when he tried to resist being kidnapped.
Mr Bwana said the gang were extremely ruthless and were only interested in money.
In other news, a UN team will visit Britain's largest illegal traveller settlement at Dale Farm before it’s evicted.
The UN Advisory Group is to hold a press conference in Essex to mark the launch of its report on evictions of gypsies and travellers in the wider London area.
The visit follows a United Nations statement earlier this month calling on the British Government to suspend the eviction.
The organisation expressed its ''deep regret'' over the plans, saying the move would ''disproportionately affect the lives of the gypsy and traveller families. The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination added: ''We urge the authorities to find a peaceful and appropriate solution, including identifying culturally appropriate accommodation, with full respect for the rights of the families involved.''
The eviction of Dale Farm, which is led by Basildon Council, is expected to begin on Monday. This follows a ten-year row over unauthorised properties.
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Every tenth person now arrested in Paris is a Romanian immigrant
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The Taliban have attacked the US Embassy in Kabul
China could step in to ‘help rescue’ Europe from its debt crisis