French hostage held in Somalia dies

A Frenchwoman kidnapped from her holiday home in northern Kenya and taken to Somalia has died, the French Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, according to CNN. A gang of 10 armed men seized Marie Dedieu this month from her home on Manda Island, prompting a sea battle between Kenyan forces and her abductors. Kenyan officials sent mediators into Somalia a day later to negotiate her release. Dedieu lived in a luxury home on the scenic Lamu archipelago for about six months out of the year. Kenyan officials and an acquaintance said the woman, in her 60s, used a wheelchair and was not in good health. The ministry said Dedieu’s death “is almost sure” even if it does not have her body.

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