Kenyan woman freed by So­mali pi­rates

Njeri has been in cap­tiv­ity for more than three years. Other Kenyans still miss­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - CALVIN ONSARIGO @kalvonsa

A Kenyan woman cap­tured by So­mali pi­rates was on Satur­day res­cued by Gal­mudug spe­cial forces in­side So­ma­lia af­ter more than three years in cap­tiv­ity.

Re­ports in­di­cate Loise Njoki is cur­rently with the Gal­mudug au­thor­i­ties wait­ing to be repa­tri­ated to the coun­try.

“It was a well-co­or­di­nated op­er­a­tion where they man­aged to res­cue her. Shots were fired dur­ing the raid but it’s not clear if there were any ca­su­al­ties,” said An­drew Mwagura, the East Africa Sea­far­ers As­so­ci­a­tion co­or­di­na­tor. He said Njoki is un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

She was cap­tured along with her part­ner James Kuria de­liv­er­ing medicine in So­ma­lia in 2014.

Kuria was freed dur­ing a raid by So­mali se­cu­rity forces last Fe­bru­ary.

Two Kenyan na­tion­als Ge­orge Mburu and Ge­orge Macharia are still in the hands of their cap­tors since 2014.

The two were work­ing for a con­struc­tion com­pany in Mo­gadishu when a mili­tia from Habargidir kid­napped them.

An­other Kenyan, Pa­trick Amukhuma, who was ab­ducted along with Dr Mur­ray Wat­son in 2008 is still miss­ing.

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