1 suspect held in connection with abduction of Cuban doctors

Official statement from the police

Dr Landy Rodriguez (R) and Herera Correa (L) with a Kenyan community worker (C)

Police Spokesman Charles Owino on Friday stated that one suspect had been taken in for questioning following the abduction of two Cuban doctors in Mandera County.

Mr Owino conveyed that the driver of the vehicle the doctors were traveling in was in custody to give a statement on the incident.

"So far, the county government vehicle which belongs to the hospital has been recovered and the driver is being held with us for purposes of interrogation," Mr Owino stated.

2 Probox vehicles used by abductors

The spokesperson further detailed the sequence of events that led to the two doctors being taken captive into Somalia.

"The two doctors were under police escort from their residences to Mandera Hospital in a county hospital vehicle. One of the officers was from the Administration Police Unite while the other was an officer of the Kenya Police Service.

"Along the way, they were blocked by two Probox cars and unfortunately the AP officer was shot and fatally wounded.

"The criminals commandeered the car and the occupants across the border into Somalia," the spokesperson narrated.

Mr Owino noted that all security agencies in the country have been deployed to pursue the suspects and retrieve the two doctors.

The two Cuban doctors who were assigned to the county were identified as Dr Herera Correa, a general practitioner and Dr Landy Rodriguez, a surgeon.

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