Mandera Governor Ali Roba has condemned the Friday attack in Mandera town when suspected Al-Shabaab militants kidnapped two Cuban doctors.
Speaking to the press, Governor Roba urged the government to pursue the attackers and to ensure the safety of the two medics.
Roba sent his condolences to the family of the officer who was shot and killed during the daring early morning ambush.
The militants who were armed killed the police officer who was escorting the doctors while his colleague has been admitted at the hospital with injuries.
In his statement, Roba said the vehicle that was ferrying the doctors was blocked by the militants before they started shooting.
“At around 9:00a.m. Suspected Al-Shabab militants abducted the two Cuban Doctors’ stationed at the Mandera County Referral Hospital. The two Doctor were on their way to work from home when they came under the daring attack at the busy Banisa stage in the heart of Mandera town.
“The assailants blocked their vehicle with a saloon car before alighting and opening fire on their bodyguards, killing one instantly. The officer lost his life in line of duty protecting the lives of our Cuban Doctors. I would like to take this opportunity to send my heartfelt condolence to the family of the fallen hero. May the Almighty Allah give you the strength to withstand your loss. We stand with you during this difficult moment of your lives.
“While I believe that all efforts are been done by our government to pursue the attackers, we would like to appeal to them to do whatever it takes to save the lives of our Cuban Doctors and bring them back from captivity,” read Roba’s statement that was posted on Facebook.