Somalia: Judith Tebbutt freed six months after being kidnapped from Kenya beach resort


Armed policemen patrol a stretch of beach near Kiwayu Safari village in Kenya on Sept. 12, 2011. Holidaying British couple David and Judith Tebbutt were attacked there on Sept. 11 by suspected Somalia based Al-Shabab militia, ending in the fatal shooting of David and the kidnapping of Judith.



Judith Tebbutt, a British tourist kidnapped from a holiday resort in Kenya and taken to Somalia, was released today after being held for more than six months.

Tebbutt, 56, is being flown to Nairobi from Adado in central Somalia after her relatives raised a ransom for her release, the BBC reported. She will be cared for by British embassy officials, before flying home to the UK.

Tebbutt was seized in the early hours of September 11, 2011, during a raid at Kiwayu Safari Village, a luxury holiday resort about 30 miles north of Lamu Island on Kenya's coast.

Her husband, David Tebbutt, 58, was shot and killed when a group of six gunmen burst into their room at the resort, where they were the only guests. Judith Tebbutt was then taken across the border to Somalia.

More from GlobalPost: Kenya: second man arrested over murder of British tourist

Tebbutt told ITV that her captors made her "feel as comfortable as possible," according to an Associated Press report.

"The circumstances — with my husband passing away — made it harder," she told ITV. "I'm just happy to be released and I'm looking forward to seeing my son who successfully secured my release. I don't know how he did it, but he did which is great."

In October, gunmen kidnapped an elderly, disabled French woman who lived part-time at Ras Kitau on Manda Island, opposite Lamu Island. She died in captivity.

More from GlobalPost: Kenya: Lamu island hit by new kidnapping