Kenyan doctor abducted by militants, taken to Somalia

The militants reportedly stole medical equipment and medicine

In a handout photograph taken on October 5, 2012 and released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team 6 October, soldiers of the Kenyan Contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) stand guard on a street in the centre of the southern Somali port city of Kismayo adjacent to the old police station while a combat engineering team inspects the surrounding area following reports of a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) left behind by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group Al Shabaab. (STUART PRICE/AFP/GettyImages)

Security forces on Saturday have launched a rescue operation for unidentified gunmen from Somalia who abducted a Kenyan doctor in Fino, Mandera County.

According to police, the four armed men on Friday abducted three people from the Fino Health Centre, two were locals from the area while the doctor was not.

The two locals were later released before the militants and the doctor passed through the Kenya-Somalia border.

Police suspect the abductors, thought to be members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group are in possession of medical equipment and medicine.

Driver found guilty of aiding and abetting kidnapping

The incident comes only days after a driver, Issack Ibrein Robow was found guilty of aiding and abetting the abduction of Cuban medics Landy Rodríguez and Assel Herrera in 2019.

A police officer, attached to the two doctors as a bodyguard, was shot dead during the attack.

Days later, Robow who was driving the car in which the doctors were travelling in, was charged with terrorism for alleged complicity in the kidnapping of the medics.

Robow faced five counts including commissioning of a terrorist act, kidnapping and hostage-taking, aiding and abetting a terrorist act and obtaining Kenyan registration by false pretense. He denied all the charges.

On Wednesday, February 16, Nairobi principal magistrate Martha Nanzushi ruled that Robow was guilty of kidnapping the medics and aiding a terrorist act.

She said the prosecution did not prove Robow was a Somali national as had been earlier claimed. "I find the accused guilty on counts one, two, three and four as charged. No sufficient evidence adduced to this court in respect to count five,” the magistrate said.

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