The Cuban government has responded to claims that doctors abducted in Mandera by Al Shabaab militants have been released. The reports about their release was reported by the Daily Mail.
However, the Cuban Foreign Affairs ministry has denied the reports. The two, Landy Rodriguez and Herera Correa, were kidnapped where the gunmen shot and killed one of the police officers guarding the medics.
A statement sent to newsroom by Cuba’s Foreign Affairs director-general Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios dismissed the viral reports. According to the statement:
“Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios, general director of Press, Communication and Image of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, denies the information that has circulated and that has been replicated by various media and on digital social networks, about the alleged release of the two kidnapped Cuban doctors, Assel Herrera Correa and Landy Rodríguez Hernández.”
“The director of the Foreign Ministry assured that the government authorities are following this issue closely, which arouses the greatest interest on the part of our people. The efforts and enormous efforts continue to guarantee the release and safe return to the homeland of our two health collaborators.”
The two doctors were being escorted to work when two salon cars blocked their way in the ambush last year in April.
According to the Daily Mail story, a senior Somali intelligence official told The Associated Press that the doctors were released over the weekend after months of negotiations with their captors.