"What is happening is a very serious episode, and keeping a
dutiful discretion is necessary to let the investigation go
ahead and reach a positive result," he said while asked about
the latest developments in the case.
Meanwhile, Ansa quoted unnamed Kenyan security sources as
reporting that Silvia Romano would have been forced to cut her
hair and to wear a niqab, a traditional female Muslim garment
that covers the woman’s face.
The kidnappers’ profile was not yet known, or at least not
disclosed by Italian authorities.
As such, it was not clear whether the armed men were common
criminals who acted for a possible immediate ransom, or
affiliated to radical Islamic groups such as al-Shabaab, which
is based in Somalia but has been increasingly active in some
areas of Kenya.
So far, however, Kenyan police have named three men who were
believed to be the alleged kidnappers, and have arrested one of
The Italian aid group with which Romano worked manages
activities in Kenya concerning "the reception, support, and
education" of orphan children, according to the NGO’s profile.