Unidentified gunmen abducted two Cuban physicians and shot dead a police officer close Kenya’s boundary with Somalia, social media reported Friday.

The Daily Nation reported that the Turks drove off with the doctors, that are employed by the Kenyan government, following the shooting Mandera from the north-east of the country.

KTN News said authorities suspected the doctors and their abductors, thought to be members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group,’d become Somalia.

Kenyan Citizen tv footage showed police officers setting up a roadblock on a road leading to the border.

Mandera has become the scene of frequent attacks in which dozens of civilians and security personnel are killed. Al-Shabab have taken responsibility for a lot of them.

In November, gunmen injured five people including two children and tortured an Italian researcher in Chakama, a little town near the Kenyan coast and south west of the Somali border. The fate of the Italian girl is unknown.

Regular assaults

Al-Shabab is struggling to ditch Somalia’s central authorities and also set its own rule based on strict interpretation of Islamic lawenforcement.

The group conducts regular assaults in Kenya, mostly from the region bordering Somalia, to put pressure on the Kenyan government to withdraw its troops by Somalia.

On Tuesday, the US embassy had updated its travel warning to Kenya, listing”don’t journey” to Mandera county.

“Exercise improved warning in Kenya due to terrorism, crime and kidnapping,” the warning read.

News bureaus


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