France’s Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday the death of a woman who was kidnapped from her holiday home in Kenya on October 1. The ministry said they are “almost sure" Marie Dedieu, who was in bad health at the time of her abduction, died in Somalia.
"Marie Dedieu's health, the uncertainty about the conditions of her detention, the fact that the abductors had probably refused to give her the medication we had sent her, make us think that this tragic end is unfortunately the most plausible one," the ministry said in a statement.
"The French government wants to say that it is deeply moved, saddened and that it supports Marie Dedieu's relatives," the statement said. "The government also wants to express its indignation following the complete lack of humanity and cruelty from the abductors of our compatriot. We want them to be identified and brought to justice."
No other details were released. Dedieu, who was in her 60s, was snatched from her home near the resort town of Lamu by ten suspected al Shabaab militants. The gunmen took Dedieu to Somalia by boat.
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