Cuban doctors kidnapped in Mandera 'are well'
Two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped in Mandera in April and taken to Somalia "are well," a Cuban official said Tuesday, adding that both countries were working to get them released.
The pair, a general practitioner and a surgeon, were abducted on April 12 by suspected Al-Shabaab jihadists in Mandera, near the border with Somalia.
A top government official said in May the gunmen had demanded $1.5 billion for their release.
Herrera and Rodriguez were part of a 100-member Cuban medical brigade that was working in Kenya under an agreement between the two countries.
"Our people can be sure that the Cuban government, like the government of Kenya, is making huge efforts, paying special attention to this issue," Chapman said.The rest of the Cuban doctors in Kenya "are fine, they are safe. Some doctors who were on the border have been relocated closer to the capital."
She did not elaborate on the location of the two doctors, nor steps that were being taken for the release.
Somalia's Al-Shabaab militants have been waging an insurgency against the foreign-backed government in Mogadishu for over a decade.
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