HAVANA Cuba (Xinhua)
-- Cuba will maintain contact with
Kenyan authorities in search for the two Cuban doctors who were
kidnapped earlier in northeast Kenya by suspected al-Shabab
militants, the Cuban government said Friday.
official release broadcasted by Cuba’s state-run TV, the
authorities said the Cuban government has created a working
group to follow the "sensitive issue" and will keep the families
of the two victims informed.
The two Cuban doctors—general physician Assel Herrera Corea
and surgeon Landy Rodriguez Hernandez—were abducted by a group
of gunmen earlier Friday during a road ambush in Mandera town in
northeast Kenya near the Somali border.
The attackers also shot dead one of the two police officers
who were guarding the medics during the attack.
Kenyan authorities suspected the attackers are members of the
Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab and believed the two
victims have been taken to the neighbouring country.
The two doctors are among 100 Cuban specialists who arrived
in Kenya in June 2018 under a bilateral arrangement between
Kenyan and Cuban governments.
Kenyan police intensify
search for abducted two Cuban doctors
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police have intensified search for two
Cuban doctors who were kidnapped by suspected al-Shabab
militants in Mandera town in northeast Kenya near the Somali
border on Friday morning.
Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs assured the Cuban
government and the international community that Kenya is doing
everything within its capability to rescue Assel Herera Correa
and Landy Rodriguez, according to a statement issued in Nairobi.
"All security apparatus have been activated and are tracking
down the abductors to ensure the safe return of the two
doctors," the ministry said in the statement.
The two medics were heading to Mandera County Referral
Hospital which is their work station before the ambush at around
9 a.m. local time.
The attackers shot dead one of the two police officers who
were guarding the medics during the attack.
The ministry called on the global concerted effort in
combating transnational crimes and eliminating elements
disruptive to peaceful existence.
The two medics are among 100 Cuban specialists who arrived in
the country in June 2018 under a bilateral arrangement between
Kenya and Cuban governments.
Kenya arrest one suspect over abduction of two Cuban