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Kidnappers of French woman had help

LAMU, Kenya, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A friend of an elderly French woman kidnapped in northern Kenya said he suspects the men who took Marie Dedieu from her vacation home had local help.

Alain Lardet told Radio France Internationale locals probably informed the kidnappers of Dedieu's arrival on Manda Island in the resort archipelago of Lamu.

"The kidnappers must have had local information," Lardet said. "They must have been warned of her arrival. They came looking for a European."

Kenyan police questioned an employee of the kidnapped woman Monday.

Dedieu, 66, a paraplegic who suffers from a heart ailment, needs to take medication every day, Lardet said, adding that without it her life is in danger.

The wheelchair she uses to get around was left behind by the Somali gunmen who kidnapped her early Saturday.

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