In Summary
  • During the ambush, the armed assailants in two small cars first blocked the vehicle ferrying the medics to work.
  • According to witnesses, they then alighted and opened fire on the police officers, killing one instantly.
  • The other officer managed to escape in the attack that happened right in the middle of the northern-Kenya town that has suffered attacks and kidnappings from the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terrorists.
  • The gunmen then bundled the two health workers into their cars and sped off and reports police on Friday confirmed that they had crossed the border into Somalia.

Gunmen have abducted two Cuban doctors in a road ambush at Banisa stage in Mandera town, some 1,135 kilometres from the capital Nairobi.

While police are yet to name the two medics, records from the Health ministry show that Dr Assel Herera Correa, a general physician, and Dr Landy Rodriguez, surgeon, were the ones posted to the county that borders war-wracked Somalia to the East.

In the daring attack that was staged a few minutes after 9am, the attackers shot dead one of the two police officers who were escorting the the medical staff to their work station.

ESCAPE

The officers, one from the Administration Police and the other from Kenya Police, had picked up the health workers from their houses in a Mandera County government vehicle.

During the ambush, the armed assailants in a saloon car and a Toyota Probox first blocked the vehicle ferrying the medics to work.

According to witnesses, they then alighted and opened fire on the police officers, killing the AP instantly.

The other officer managed to escape in the attack that happened right in the middle of the northern-Kenya town that has suffered attacks and kidnappings from the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terrorists.

The gunmen then bundled the two health workers into their cars and sped off and reports police on Friday confirmed that they had crossed the border into Somalia.

The fate of the foreign doctors was not immediately clear but police have recovered the Mandera County government van that was ferrying them before the ambush.

"The driver of the county government vehicle has been arrested and is being questioned to help us understand what happened," Mr Charles Owino, the police spokesman, told reporters in Nairobi.

Mr Owino said the Kenya Defence Forces, various units of Kenya Police and Kenya Police Reservists had been dispatched to chase after the two vehicles used in the raid and abduction.

mandera attack

Police were deployed to most parts of Mandera town after the attack on April 12, 2019. PHOTO | MANASE OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Reacting to the attack, the national union of medical practitioners in Kenya called on security agencies to move with speed and secure the safe release of the abducted doctors.

Page 1 of 2