Kenyan woman kidnapped by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Garissa

By: ABDIMALIK HAJIR

A teacher was Monday kidnapped at Hagadera refugee camp in Dadaab, Garissa County, by people suspected to be members of the Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab.

OCPD Raphael Kimilu said they were yet to trace the teacher who is an employee of Windle Trust International, an NGO.

Mr Kimilu said he had dispatched a contingent of police officers to the border where they believed the militants could be holding the victim identified as Judy Mutua.

Initial reports indicated that a vehicle belonging to the NGO was on its way to the refugee camp when it was shot at by armed men at the junction between Hagadera and Dadaab.

The attackers reportedly took over the vehicle and abandoned it minutes later together with the driver, a local Somali.

However, they forced Ms Mutua into their vehicle and sped off.

ACTIVITIES HALTED

Activities at the camp came to a halt following the incident that happened in the morning.

Only essential serviced such as distribution of food and provision of health services were going on.

Following the kidnapping, Kenyans took to social media appealing for help to find Judy.

On Twitter, those who know her used the hash tag #HelpFindJudy to push the appeal for her safe return.

The Shabaab militant group has made northern Kenya its playground with the many attacks and kidnappings it has been orchestrating.

On April 2, 2015 the militants raided Garissa University College and shot dead 147 people, most of them students.

Refugee camps in the area have been blamed for harbouring the terrorists and the Kenya government has been pushing for their closure.