Kenyan police have said they believe kidnapped Italian volunteer Silvia Romano is still alive.
Coast Regional Police Commander Noah Mwivanda said they believe that Ms Romano, who was abducted by gunmen in Malindi, Kilifi County, is still being held in the country.
“We have crucial information and we believe Ms Romano, 23, is still alive. We also believe that she is still being held in Kenya,” he said.
According to recent reports from police sources the abductors are believed to have moved to Garissa on their way to Somalia.
Mr Mwivanda added that police were optimistic of finding the attackers.
Over a hundred people were arrested in Kilifi and Tana River counties following the kidnapping, and five people of these have reportedly shared vital information about the attackers. One of the key suspects linked to the abduction has been arrested, while two remain at large.
More than a month now since Ms Romano, a volunteer with Africa Milele Onlus, was abducted in Chakama village, a multi-agency security team comprising police and army officers have sealed off Boni Forest and the areas bordering Lamu, Garissa and Tana River counties as they search for the attackers.