Search for kidnapped Cuban doctors intensify

Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Ministry is in contact with the Cuban government over rescue interventions for two Cuban doctors who were abducted from Mandera County on Friday.

Security agencies are currently engaged in a search mission to ensure the safe return of the two medics.

The police officer attached to guard them was reportedly shot dead by the militants who drove off with the medics, raising fresh security concerns in the region that borders troubled Somalia.

CS Monica Juma who said security agencies are engaged in the search and rescue mission to ensure the safe return of the doctors noted that the government is also in contact with the Government of Cuba over the issue.

National Police Service in a tweet said security agencies were working with their Somalia counterparts in a bid to rescue the medics.

“Our security agencies are working with Somalia government security agencies to pursue the abductors into Somalia with the objective of rescuing the victims”.

The Police said the attackers who are suspected to be al Shabaab militants, crossed into Somalia.

The driver who was taking the doctors to work has since been arrested and is being interrogated.

Meanwhile, the Muslim community in Garissa county is appealing to the government to do everything possible to rescue the Cuban doctors.

Speaking at the Rtd general Mohamud Eid Grounds during prayers, Garissa SUPKEM chair Abdullahi Salat described the incident as ‘un Islamic and unacceptable’ and urged the Somali community living in Somalia to closely work with their government to ensure that the doctors are safely returned to Kenya.

The two abducted doctors are among 100 Cuban specialists who arrived in the country in June 2018 in an exchange program initiated by the government aimed at boosting universal health coverage.


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