NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Tuesday ruled out the
possibility of negotiating a ransom to secure the release of two
Cuban doctors who were abducted by suspected al-Shabab fighters
in northeast Kenya near the Somali border on April 12.
Monica Juma, cabinet secretary for foreign affairs, said the
relevant government agencies are conducting an operation to
rescue the doctors without paying any sum of money for their
"As a matter of government policy, we don’t negotiate with
terrorists, and we would not think of even having such a
conversation on paying a ransom to criminals," Juma told
journalists during a joint press conference in Nairobi with
Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative for
foreign affairs and security policy.
"The government is however applying lawful methods to pursue
the matter and ensure we secure the two doctors," she said.
Juma said the government is doing everything within its
capacity to ensure a safe release of the medics, who were
abducted in Mandera, a town near the border with Somalia.
"We have a multi-agency team who are working round the clock
to see that we secure release of the kidnapped doctors," said
The two medics are among 100 Cuban specialists who arrived in
the country in June 2018 under an arrangement between Kenyan and
Kenyan police rescues 22
Eritreans in human trafficking racket
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said Tuesday they are holding 22
Eritreans who were rescued on Monday evening while being
smuggled through Nairobi.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said the
suspects who were heading to South Africa from Moyale border
town in northern Kenya were being ferried along the Thika
superhighway in Nairobi.
"Twenty two victims of human trafficking-all Eritreans were
today (Monday) rescued by DCI detectives as they were being
ferried along Thika Road. All the suspects in lawful custody,"
said the police.
The detectives said the four Kenyans behind the smuggling
syndicate were arrested and three vehicles in which they were
travelling in were seized. The police said 17 of the victims
aged between 15 years and 38 years are females.
The Kenyan authorities blamed the vastness of the northern
region for the runaway influx of foreigners into Kenya through
Moyale on Kenya-Ethiopia borders and the porous border with
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