U.S., Danish Aid Workers Kidnapped

    Image #: 15717890    (111021) -- NAIROBI, Oct. 21, 2011 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan troop patrol the downtown Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Oct. 21, 2011. Kenya strengthened the security level in the capital as Sheikh Ali Mohamud, an al Shabaab spokesperson, said on Oct. 17, 2011 that the terror group would launch retaliatory attacks in Kenyan cities if authorities do not withdraw troops from Somalia.       XINHUA /LANDOV

    Zhao Yingquan, Xinhua / Landov

    Masked Somali gunmen kidnapped an American aid worker and her Danish colleague on Tuesday, two Kenyan officials said. The 30-year-old American woman and 60-year-old Danish man were taken by the gunmen in northern Somalia, said the officials, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The two Westerners work for the Danish Demining Group, which helps dispose of unexploded bombs and teaches communities about land mines—but the roles of the two kidnapped workers is unclear. Since Kenya sent 1,600 forces into Somalia to fight the terrorist organization Al-Shabab, Americans in Kenya have been warned of a heightened terror risk.

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