[VIDEO] Italian woman kidnapped, five injured in Malindi attack

A student died after allegedly drinking ethanol in a school laboratory in Trans Nzoia. /THE STAR
A student died after allegedly drinking ethanol in a school laboratory in Trans Nzoia. /THE STAR

An Italian aid worker, 23, was kidnapped after suspected al Shabaab militants attacked a children's home

in Malindi on Tuesday night.

She

is a volunteer of Africa Milele Onlus, an NGO operating in the area.

The children’s home is about 100km from Malindi town.

Residents

said she was abducted after

five heavily armed men, who appeared to be of Somali origin,

attacked the children's home demanding cash.

Police, in an incident report, said they are yet to

identity of the attackers as well as

establish the motive.

The report states that one of the victims, Samini Garama, 23, was shot on the left side of the neck and is in serious condition.

Ibrahim Said, 16, was shot on the left knee. Police said his condition was stable.

"Elias Mwaringa Kathua, 12, was shot on the left thigh; Mohamed Kalume Konde,10, was shot on the left eye, while Mang Katana Jeffa sustained thigh injuries. They are all stable."

"All the injured persons were taken to hospital and contingents of police officers were deployed to track down the criminals," police said.

"We appeal to members of the public in the area to report promptly to the nearest police officer or police station should they sight the criminals with the abducted lady."

Police further assured the public that they are sparing no effort in tracking down the criminals and rescue the victim.

Peter Ponda, former Malindi County Council chairman, asked authorities to act fast.