Abducted Doctors Pleaded for Additional Safety But Police Ignored

  • New details have emerged revealing that the police ignored the two Cuban doctors' pleas for additional security before they were abducted by Al Shabaab.

    According to a report by Daily Nation, the doctors, Dr Assel Herera Correa, a general physician, and Dr Landy Rodriguez, a surgeon, had complained about the five-kilometre distance they had to cover in order to reach their work station.

    They lived at a house owned by a county official in Busley and worked at Mandera Level Four Hospital.

    The newspaper quoted a senior police officer who confirmed that they had received complaints from the two who wanted to be moved at a residence within their work station but no action was taken.

    “We also raised their concerns to our seniors and requested that they be moved to reside within the hospital but no action was taken,” stated the officer.

    One of two doctors had expressed to a Cuban media outlet that he was thrilled to work in Kenya and that he loved the Kenyan people because they were friendly and the country was safe.

    Most notably, he revealed that he was eager to learn Swahili.

    The two doctors, who were in the company of two police officers, were kidnapped on Friday en route to work after two probox cars blocked them and opened fire.

    The incident left one police officer dead while the two doctors were bundled into the abductors' vehicles and reportedly sneaked into Somalia.

    It was reported that Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) were dispatched to chase after the two vehicles that were involved in the kidnapping.