By Godson Ikiebey-
According to KTN News, Unidentified gunmen have abducted two Cuban doctors and shot dead a police officer near Kenya’s border with Somalia.
According to the Daily Nation, the attackers drove off with the doctors, who are employed by the Kenyan government, after the shooting in Mandera in the north-east of the country.
KTN News report that the police suspected that the doctors and their abductors, thought to be members of the Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group, had gone into Somalia.
Mandera has been the scene of frequent attacks in which dozens of civilians and security personnel have been killed. Al Shabaab have taken responsibility for most of them.
You will recall that in November, 2018 gunmen wounded five people including two children and kidnapped an Italian charity worker in Chakama, a small town near the Kenyan coast and south of the Somali border. The fate of the Italian woman is unknown.
Al Shabaab are fighting to topple Somalia’s central government and establish their own rule based on their strict interpretation of Islamic law.
The group also conducts frequent assaults in Kenya, mostly in the region bordering Somalia, to put pressure on the Kenyan government to withdraw its troops from Somalia.
On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the U.S. embassy upgraded its travel warning for Kenya, listing “do not travel” for Mandera county.
The warning read:
“Exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism and kidnapping”.