A French woman kidnapped from Kenya by suspected Somali militants has died, French foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.The 66-year-old Marie Dedieu was taken October 1 from her beachfront home at a Kenyan resort island and taken to neighbouring Somalia. French officials said they were told of Marie Dedieu’s death by contacts through whom they has been negotiating her release.French foreign ministry said it could not to determine the date or the circumstances of her death.Ms Dedieu was a wheelchair-user and had to take regular medication, but the kidnappers did not take her wheelchair or medication with them.In a statement, the French foreign ministry said expressed its “indignation at the total lack of humanity and the cruelty shown by the kidnappers of our compatriot and demanded that those responsible be brought to justice.
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(Reuters) - Kenyan and Somali forces were poised to close in on Islamist rebels in their southern Somali strongholds as Paris announced that a Frenchwoman, whose kidnapping spurred Kenya's cross-border incursion, had died. Kenya's military stormed across the border on Sunday to support Somali government troops in a risky attempt to secure the frontier and its hinterland. The operation follows a wave of kidnappings by suspected militants that have threatened the East African country's multi-million dollar tourism industry.A Kenyan military spokesman said Kenyan and Somali government troops had killed 73 rebels during fighting, but al Shabaab denied it had suffered any casualties."We killed the 73 rebels during our artillery bombardment operations and so far the military has secured three towns... no casualties were reported on the Kenyan side," military spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir told Reuters in Nairobi, though he admitted heavy rains were hampering troops from advancing.A senior Somali commander said the operation's aim was to rid Kismayu, a port city that serves as al Shabaab's nerve center for operations, of the militants.
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