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PM's pledge over kidnapped Briton

David Cameron has insisted the Government is doing "everything we possibly can" to resolve the kidnapping of a British tourist in Kenya.

The Prime Minister said the kidnap of Judith Tebbutt, 56, and the murder of her husband David Tebbutt, 58, while on holiday was "tragic".

He said he had chaired a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee about the case, and Foreign Secretary William Hague had met relatives of the Tebbutts .

Mrs Tebbutt was snatched from the remote Kiwayu Safari Village, close to the Kenyan border with Somalia, by a gang who killed Mr Tebbutt in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Prime Minister told the Commons at Prime Minister's questions on Wednesday: "I chaired a meeting of Cobra about this issue yesterday to make sure we are co-ordinating everything the Government does. We are doing everything we possibly can on this desperately tragic case."

The retired couple's only son, Oliver, is said to be "devastated".

The family's MP, Richard Harrington from Watford, had asked Mr Cameron: "What steps is the Government taking to assist in the return of Mrs Tebbutt and the apprehension of the murderers?"

Mr Cameron replied: "It's not right to air all of these issues in public but I can reassure you and all the Tebbutt family we will do everything possible to help."

The Government's policy is not to pay ransoms to kidnappers.

Meanwhile, reports claim Somalia's Islamist militant group al Shabaab has said it was not behind the kidnapping. It had previously been linked to the incident.


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