Terrorism & Insurgency

Somali militants release two of three Kenyan hostages

30 July 2013
Kenyan soldiers, part of an allied African force, celebrate retaking Kismayo from Islamist Shabab insurgents, outside Kismayo University in Kismayo, southern Somalia, on 2 October 2012. Source: PA


Two Kenyan officials who were abducted and held hostage by Somali-based militant group the Shabab for the past 18 months, have finally been released, the government confirmed on 30 July.

According to the local Daily Nation newspaper, the two men - named as Edward Yesse Mule, a district officer in Burder division, and Fredrick Irungu Wainaina, registrar of persons, Wajir South District - who were kidnapped by the Shabab on 11 January 2012, were reunited with their families on 29 July. A statement from the Kenyan presidency (State House) claimed that the two men were released following "successful negotiations", although no further detail was released about the date and location of their release and whether or not a ransom has been paid.

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