Piracy REPORT:Ransom
Breaking News
British Woman Held By Criminals, Not Al Shabaab
Widow Held In Same Town as Chandlers
By MOHAMED ABDI MADDAALE 09/18/2011
UPDATE: Elders in Amara have confirmed that Judith Tebbutt is being held in their town. Initial reports that she was unwell and disoriented are very similar to the stories the kidnappers relayed about the Chandlers when they were shown to the media in January of 2010 in the same village. The Chandlers were also in their 50's and were held for over a year. They were forced to make a number of media statements regarding their concern for their own safety and welfare.

Reliable sources have confirmed to Somalia Report that the British woman believed to have been kidnapped by the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab in Kenya recently, has been spotted in Baidoa of southern Somalia.

Sources said they saw Mrs. Judith Tebbutt in Baidoa's Bay region on Sunday afternoon. She was later spotted near Hobyo and appears to have ended up in Amara.

“We saw the woman and two men in a black car near Masjid Jam’a around Isha village this afternoon,” said Derow Isaq, a local resident in Baidoa.

According to militia members, the captive weas taken from Kismayo town in Lower Juba region late Saturday night. They are said to have been held there for several days.

Last week, armed attackers believed to be from the al-Shabaab group, which has ties to terrorist network al-Qaeda, kidnapped Judith Tebbutt, 56, from a remote resort in Kenya's coastal town of Lamu close to the Somalia border. Her husband, David Tebbutt, 58, was killed during the attack.

Al-Shabaab denied their involvement.