Dr Assel Herera Correa (general physician) and Dr Landy Rodriguez (surgeon) pause for a photo with Royal Media Services Staff Njeri Ngugi. Image: COURTESY
Suspected Somali Al-Shabaab jihadis kidnapped two Cuban doctors Friday and killed their police protection officer in northeastern Kenya, police said.
Police Spokesman Charles Owino said the two doctors and their guard were on the way to work in the town of Mandera when they were attacked.
“At around 9 am, the medics under escort of two police officers were ambushed by Al Shabaab militia blocked the way with two pro-boxes before they started shooting,” Owino said.’
He said, unfortunately, one officer attached to the Administration Police was killed while the other attached to Kenya Police is nursing injuries.
“The militia managed to escape to neighbouring Somalia but we have mobilised all security agencies who are on their pursuit,” Owino said.
The police spokesman said the driver of the two Cuban doctors has been arrested and is being interrogated.
The vehicle used by the medics has since been recovered.
Owino said the government is doing all it takes to ensure the safety of the two medics.
The two doctors are part of a group of about 100 Cubans who came to Kenya last year to help boost health services.
Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militants have been waging an insurgency against Somalia’s foreign-backed government for over a decade, and while it has lost some ground, continues to stage deadly attacks.