Two Cuban Doctors Abducted by Al-Shabaab Group in Kenya

Security officers question civilians near the scene where gunmen abducted two Cuban doctors in Mandera county, Kenya, April 12, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

(TELESUR) – The government of Cuba set up a working group to follow up on the case of two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped Friday morning by armed men who are suspected of belonging to the Somali Al-Shabaab jihadist group in Kenya.

“Communication channels were established immediately with the Kenyan authorities to address this situation, while keeping the doctor’s families informed,” the Cuban News Agency reported and added that President Miguel Diaz-Canel’s administration “has set up a government working group to follow up on this sensitive issue.”

Assel Herrera Correa, a comprehensive general medicine specialist from Las Tunas province and Landy Rodriguez Hernandez, a surgery specialist from Villa Clara province were kidnapped as they were being escorted in an official vehicle to Mandera Hospital located in a northeastern county of Kenya that borders Somalia.

The attackers blocked the traveling vehicle and opened fire, killing one of the police officers accompanying the Cuban doctors, while a second agent was able to escape alive.

Herrera and Rodríguez are part of a contingent of one hundred doctors who arrived in the African country in 2018 under an agreement signed between Cuba and Kenya to improve access to specialized medical services. They were destined to an area close to the border with Somalia.