Two Cuban doctors have been kidnapped in neighbouring Kenya and their police protection officer killed.
According to Police sources in Kenya, the two doctors were on their way to work in Mandera town when they were attacked and their guard shot. The attackers then flee towards the Somalia border in possession of the doctors.
“It just happened this morning. The police officer is dead but the two doctors were taken away,” a senior police officer said.
“From the modus operandi and the fact that they went towards the Somalia border, we have reasons to believe that the kidnappers are Al-shabaab.”
The Doctors identified as Landy Rodriguez (a surgeon) and Herera Correa (general practitioner) were working at the Mandera Referral Hospital and were 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.
The incident comes shortly after the kidnap of American Tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott and a tour guide, Jean Paul Mirenge- Remezo at Queen Elizabeth National Park in South Western Uganda.
The kidnappers requested for a $500,000(shs1.8billion) ransom but reports indicated that Kimberly’s family negotiated with the kidnappers before sending the ransom money through the tour company before the duo was released.