The Foreign Office statement
confirmed that an incident took place at Kiwayu Safari Resort
which is north of the island and Lamu and close to the border between Kenya and Somalia.
In the statement, given by a spokesman, the Foreign Office states that they are working closely with authorities in Kenya to establish the details of the incident and that a consular team from the British in Nairobi has been deployed to help support the family of those involved.
They add, "We are working to secure the safe and swift release of the British National who has been kidnapped and ask those involved to show compassion and release the individual immediately."
The couple have now been named as David and Judith Tebbutt from Hertfordshire. There are reports that they were the only guests at the resort at the time.
Kenyan police are hunting an armed gang in connections with this incident which is being labelled as a robbery.
Sky News writes
that there are reports that attackers broke into the accommodation at the luxury resort which prides itself on its security
and the safety of the guests within the resort.
The Foreign Office has revised its travel advice
to Kenya in the wake of this incident writing on their advice page:
Two British citizens were attacked on 11 September at a beach resort north of Lamu, near the Kenya-Somalia border. One was killed and another kidnapped. We continue to advise against all but essential travel to within 30 km of Kenya's border with Somalia.
They also highlight that there has been previous attacks by Somali militia in recent years.