Wounded children were being treated in hospital on Wednesday after gunmen kidnapped an Italian volunteer in south-east Kenya.
Police said they shot five people in the first abduction of a foreigner since a series of raids blamed on Somali Islamist militants six years ago.
Men armed with AK-47 rifles attacked the town of Chakama late on Tuesday, November 20 and seized the 23-year-old woman who was working for the small Italian charity Africa Milele Onlus, the National Police Service added.
Police said five people were wounded, including a 10-year-old shot in the eye and a 12-year-old hit in the thigh. They were all taken to a hospital in Malindi.
Chakama in Kenya’s Kilifi region is 60 km inland from the bustling coastal tourist resort on Malindi.