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Kenya rules out ransom talks with al-Shabab
in Somalia over two abducted Cuban doctors

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of negotiating a ransom to secure the release of two Cuban doctors who were abducted by suspected al-Shabab fighters in northeast Kenya near the Somali border on April 12.

Monica Juma, cabinet secretary for foreign affairs, said the relevant government agencies are conducting an operation to rescue the doctors without paying any sum of money for their release.

"As a matter of government policy, we don’t negotiate with terrorists, and we would not think of even having such a conversation on paying a ransom to criminals," Juma told journalists during a joint press conference in Nairobi with Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

"The government is however applying lawful methods to pursue the matter and ensure we secure the two doctors," she said.

Juma said the government is doing everything within its capacity to ensure a safe release of the medics, who were abducted in Mandera, a town near the border with Somalia.

"We have a multi-agency team who are working round the clock to see that we secure release of the kidnapped doctors," said Juma.

The two medics are among 100 Cuban specialists who arrived in the country in June 2018 under an arrangement between Kenyan and Cuban governments.
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EARLIER REPORT:

Kenyan police rescues 22 Eritreans in human trafficking racket

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police said Tuesday they are holding 22 Eritreans who were rescued on Monday evening while being smuggled through Nairobi.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said the suspects who were heading to South Africa from Moyale border town in northern Kenya were being ferried along the Thika superhighway in Nairobi.

"Twenty two victims of human trafficking-all Eritreans were today (Monday) rescued by DCI detectives as they were being ferried along Thika Road. All the suspects in lawful custody," said the police.

The detectives said the four Kenyans behind the smuggling syndicate were arrested and three vehicles in which they were travelling in were seized. The police said 17 of the victims aged between 15 years and 38 years are females.

The Kenyan authorities blamed the vastness of the northern region for the runaway influx of foreigners into Kenya through Moyale on Kenya-Ethiopia borders and the porous border with Somalia.
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