KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's health ministry says two nurses from Cuba have been "brutally attacked and injured" by a gunman who invaded their residence in the small Jamaican town where they were providing free medical care.

Health Minister Fenton Ferguson says Monday's attack on the women in the town of Buff Bay was "unforgivable, especially since they have committed themselves to service to the people of that community."

Ferguson says the nurses are hospitalized in stable condition. They have been working at a hospital in the small coastal community in northeast Jamaica.

Area parliamentarian Daryl Vaz says a suspect has been detained by police.

For years, Cuba has sent numerous doctors and nurses to provide free care in Jamaica and other countries across the region.