Gunmen kidnap nuns in Kenya

Times Wire Reports

Gunmen firing automatic weapons dragged two Italian Roman Catholic nuns from their home in rural Kenya and drove them into lawless Somalia in a rare cross-border kidnapping, officials said.

The nuns -- Maria Teresa Olivero, 60, and Caterina Giraudo, 67 -- were working on hunger and health programs in the northeastern town of El Wak, about six miles from the Somali border.

The kidnapping highlights concerns among regional security officials that chaos in Somalia could lead to troubles in neighboring Kenya, which is struggling to patrol the border.