NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said Friday they are interrogating
one suspect in connection with the abduction of two Cuban
doctors in Mandera town in northeast Kenya near the Somali
border by suspected al-Shabab militants.
spokesman for Kenya’s National Police Service said the suspect
who is a driver of the two medics will be questioned on the
incident in which a police officer who was guarding the two
foreigners was killed.
"They were abducted on their way to work and the vehicle that
was ferrying the doctors has been recovered.
"We have arrested the driver who is currently being
interrogated," he told journalists in Nairobi.
Owino said the two, Assel Herera Correa and Landy Rodriguez,
were heading to Mandera County Referral Hospital which is their
work station before the ambush at around 9 am.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in Mandera following
There are reports of gunshots being heard in the border area
as the military moved to the scene in search of the victims.
The two medics are among 100 Cuban specialists who arrived in
the country in June 2018 as a bilateral arrangement between
Kenya and Cuban governments.
Ali Roba, Mandera County governor said the assailants blocked
their vehicle with a saloon car before alighting and opening
fire on their bodyguards, killing one instantly.
"The officer lost his life in line of duty protecting the
lives of our Cuban doctors.
"While I believe that all efforts are being done by our
government to pursue the attackers, we would like to appeal to
them to do whatever it takes to save the lives of our Cuban
doctors and bring them back from captivity," Roba said.
The fate of the two doctors remains unknown but security
agencies led by the military are inside Somalia pursuing the
attackers and victims.
Al-Shabab suspects kidnap
two Cuban doctors in Kenya’s border town
MANDERA (Xinhua) --
Suspected al-Shabab militants on Friday abducted
two Cuban doctors during a road ambush in Mandera town in
northeast Kenya near the Somali border, officials said.
Security agencies and local government officials said the
militants first blocked a vehicle carrying the medics at around
9a.m.(0600 GMT) before opening fire on the police officer who
was guarding the medics and killing him on the spot.
"They were ambushed on the road as they headed for work.
"We suspect they have crossed the border into Somalia," said
a police officer who declined to be named.
The security officer said a major security operation has been
launched in the border region in search of the victims.
Witnesses said the two doctors were in a government vehicle
before the militants drove off to an unknown destination.
The Cuban medics have been working in Kenya since June 2018
as part of a bilateral arrangement between the two governments.
Under the agreement, about 100 Cuban specialist doctors
including plastic surgeons and neurologists have been deployed
The latest abduction came as Kenyan security forces
intensified their search for an Italian woman kidnapped on Nov.
20, 2018 by unknown gunmen in the coastal town of Malindi.
The 23-year-old woman and her kidnappers are still in a
forest in the coastal region and negotiations are underway for