Gov’t allays insecurity fears after Italian woman kidnapped in Kenyan Coast


Sylivia Constanca, the Italian woman who was kidnapped.
Sylivia Constanca, the Italian woman who was kidnapped.

In Summary

  • The Tourism Ministry said that no tourist was injured and no hotel affected during the incident.
  •   Security agencies deployed to the area are expected to enhance surveillance.
  •   "To this end, we would like to assure all that are travelling to and within Kenya that our country is safe and open for travel," the Tourism Ministry said.

The Kenyan Tourism Ministry has allayed fears of insecurity at the Coastal region as the search for an Italian woman kidnapped in Kilifi intensifies.

A statement sent to newsrooms assured investors and tourists planning to travel to the region that it is under constant surveillance.

“The Ministry would like to affirm that this is an isolated incident that occurred well away from any popular tourist areas in Kilifi County, ” Communication Director Mulei Muia said.

He further said that no tourist was injured and no hotel affected during the incident.

The director added that security agencies deployed to the area will ensure safety of both local residents and visitors.

“To this end, we would like to assure all that are travelling to and within Kenya that our country is safe and open for travel,” the director said.

“We urge all intending to travel to Kenya to continue with their travel plans. ”

Sylivia Constanca, an Italian volunteer, was seized from her hotel room on Tuesday evening and five people shot and wounded during the attack.

Police have launched a manhunt for the gunmen who according to a Reuters report, were of Somali origin.

 

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