A group of unidentified gunmen, on Tuesday abducted an Italian woman working for an aid organisation in Kilifi County, south-east Kenya.
BBC reports that the gunmen, armed with rifles, “fired indiscriminately” before taking the 23-year-old volunteer and injuring five people, including three children.
Although the reason for the attack and the identity of the attackers have not been established the police said that they were treating the incident as a terror attack.
This is the first foreigner to be kidnapped in Kenya since the country had a string of abductions threatening its tourism sector in 2011.
Police officials have not confirmed any links to Islamist militants Al-Shabaab, who have been held responsible for several deadly attacks on Kenyan soldiers in recent months in Lamu County, north of Kilifi.
Other attacks by the terrorist group include killing 67 people at a shopping mall in the country’s capital Nairobi in 2013.
Al-Shabaab is also believed to be linked to the killing of a British man and kidnapping his wife from a resort island in 2011.
A few weeks later, a disabled French woman was taken from her home in Lamu and reportedly died while in captivity.