NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 12 – 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.
“They were attacked when two vehicles blocked their way and abducted them and drove to Somalia,” Owino told a news conference soon after the incident.
“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,” a senior police officer told Capital FM News from the scene of the incident that occurred at 9 am.
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.