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Elderly UK couple killed in Kenya

A beach in Mombasa
Gang attacks in Mombasa can happen at any time, the Foreign Office advises

Two British pensioners have been killed while on holiday in Kenya's port city of Mombasa, the Foreign Office said.

Norman Joel, 70, and his wife Rita, 67, were reportedly killed in a suspected robbery, but the authorities have not confirmed this.

The British High Commission was told of the deaths on 15 October.

The Foreign Office said it was in contact with the family who come from Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. A post-mortem examination had been held.

A spokeswoman said: "There are no further details on the cause of death at this stage.

"We are in contact with the family and will be keeping them updated on information we receive from the Kenyan authorities."

Foreign Office advice to British travellers to Kenya states: "Muggings and armed attacks by gangs can occur at any time, particularly in Nairobi and Mombasa.

"Avoid walking around after dark as attacks can occur anywhere, but especially in isolated areas such as empty beaches."

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