Cuba Denies Release of Two Cuban Doctors, Rescue Efforts Ongoing

Cuba Denies Release of Two Cuban Doctors, Says Rescue Efforts Ongoing

Cuba has denied that two doctors,  Assel Herrera and Landy Rodríguez kidnapped by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in 2019 have been released.

“I deny the information circulating this morning (Wednesday) about the alleged liberation of the two kidnapped Cuban doctors, Assel Herrera Correa and Landy Rodriguez Hernandez,” said Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios, general director of Press, Communication and Image of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.

“Considerable efforts are ongoing to ensure their freedom and their safe and healthy return to our country.”  

Herrera, a general practitioner, and Rodriguez, a surgeon, were abducted in Mandera, near Kenya’s border with Somalia in April 2019.