Two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped and held for over a year in Somalia have been released after months of negotiations.
Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez confirmed that al Shabaab militia freed Landy Rodriguez (a surgeon) and Herera Correa (general practitioner) over the weekend.
“I had a telephone conversation with the Foreign Minister of Somalia Mr. Ahmed Isse Awad. I appreciated the support and efforts of your government to guarantee the safe return of our kidnapped doctors. We highlight the will to strengthen bilateral ties between the two governments,” he said on Twitter.
The two Cuban doctors were abducted while on their way to work in April 2019 and their bodyguard killed during the incident.
The abducted doctors had been among 100 Cuban specialists who arrived in the country in June 2018.