HAVANA Cuba (Xinhua)
-- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel
spoke by phone on Thursday with his counterparts in Kenya and
Somalia about negotiations for the release of two Cuban doctors
abducted a week ago in Kenya.
Diaz-Canel said via
Twitter that he spoke with Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Somalia’s
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed "as part of our efforts to secure the
return of our two kidnapped doctors."
Six days ago, doctors Assel Herrera and Landy Rodriguez were
ambushed by armed men who were suspected members of Al-Shabaab,
on their way to work in a Kenyan community near the border with
In the attack, one of the police officers escorting the
doctors was shot dead.
The doctors are part of a brigade of some 100 Cuban
healthcare workers who provide medical services mainly to
residents of remote communities, in this case Mandera county.
Attacks by Al-Shabaab fighters are frequent in the area as
the rebels try to pressure the Kenyan government into
withdrawing its troops from Somalia.
According to the head of the Cuban Medical Mission in Kenya,
the rest of the brigade is safe and security measures have been
stepped up, especially in areas bordering Somalia.
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