MANDERA: Suspected Al-Shabaab militants have kidnapped two Kenyan teachers from Mandera town. Mandera County Commissioner Alex Nkoyo confirmed the Friday evening incident, adding that names of the two primary school teachers could not be immediately established. "We are investigating the incident which took place at around 4pm. The two teachers are non-locals," Nkoyo said without giving more details.
The militias are said to have bundled the two who were in their houses in to a vehicle before speeding off to Somalia. The incident comes hours after Al-Shabaab killed an abducted chief after failing to receive a Sh4 million ransom they had demanded.
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The body of the chief identified as Mukhtar Otieno was found in Badhere area with bullet wounds after he was kidnapped early on Thursday. The vehicle the gang had also carjacked was missing. The militants late last year hijacked a Nairobi-bound commuter bus and brutally murdered 28 people, mostly non local teachers who were returning home for holiday.
Already, the education sector is the most hit in the northeast region as non-Muslim teachers posted to Wajir, Garissa and Mandera Counties declining to resume duty. Some pitched camp in Nairobi seeking transfers to other regions, citing insecurity among a host of other challenges. Thousands of students have been forced to conduct their own tuition for lack of teachers while some schools are engaging the services of former students to fill the gap left by the missing teachers.