In Summary
  • On Friday, suspected Al-Shabaab militants abducted Dr Assel Herera Correa and Dr Landy Rodriguez in Mandera.
  • Mr Kamau would not delve into details of what authorities are doing to free the doctors.
  • Kenya believes Al-Shabaab can get more attention if the UN can list it formally as a terror organisation.

The government is calling on the international community, again, to rally behind efforts to combat terror, in the wake of the kidnapping of two Cuban doctors in Mandera County.

Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau told the Nation on Wednesday that everything will be done to ensure the safe return of the doctors, but challenged the international community not to relent in the war on terror.

“We will have an opportunity to do a complete post-mortem of what happened. But for now, the focus is on getting our people out and returning them to their families,” he said in an interview.

“These are professionals who have served this country with dedication. We are working hard to ensure they are safe.”

ABDUCTED MEDICS

On Friday, suspected Al-Shabaab militants abducted Dr Assel Herera Correa (physician) and Dr Landy Rodriguez (surgeon) in Mandera. The attack left one police officer dead.

Kenya said last Friday it would be working with Somali authorities in the rescue mission.

But Mr Kamau would not delve into details of what authorities are doing to free the doctors, but said the incident reminds the world of the daily threat of terror.

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

“What we have not seen is the full commitment of the international community, through the United Nations, taking its responsibility to stabilising and bringing peace and security to Somalia,” he said, referring to support for the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).

“The international community must recognise that the challenge we are facing in Somalia is not an east African one, it is a global challenge because the consequences of terrorism are global,” Mr Kamau said.

Kenya has been a part of the Amisom since 2012, having entered Somalia initially in October 2011 to pursue kidnappers, linked to al-Shabaab, who had targeted expatriate humanitarian workers and tourists in north eastern and coastal regions.

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