Kidnappers demand millions to return 2 Cuban doctors

The doctors were abducted in Mandera in April

One of the Cuban doctors assigned to Mandera County Dr Landy Rodriguez attends to a patient after performing a past operation

Kidnappers have demanded Sh150 million for the safe return of two Cuban doctors who were abducted from their Kenya work station on April 12.

Community elders met with the people holding the two doctors in a remote area between Buale and El-Ade in Jubaland region of Somalia.

The elders confirmed that the two doctors - Dr Herera Correa, a general practitioner and Dr Landy Rodriguez, a surgeon - were both still alive.

The delegates who negotiated with the abductors added that the doctors were still administering treatment to residents in the region where they are being held though their movements are highly restricted.

Suspected Al Shabaab militants

Intelligence reports have indicated that the doctors are likely to have been taken by a group of bandits who later handed them over to Al Shabaab militants who are now demanding the $1.5 million (Sh150 million) pay out.

Dr Rodriguez and Dr Correa were abducted in the morning while on their way to their assigned station, the Mandera County Referral Hospital.

The vehicle they were traveling in under tight security was cornered and one of the officers guarding them was unfortunately shot dead.

They are part of a team of 100 Cuban doctors who were brought to Kenya to lend their expertise to the counties.

Following their abduction, their counterparts attached to Wajir, Garissa and Tana River counties were recalled and reassigned to other counties.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Sportpesa CEO's bet on himself pays off

Sportpesa CEO's bet on himself pays off

Chebukati explains what happens to Kimilili MP seat as police hunt for Didmus Barasa [Video]

Chebukati explains what happens to Kimilili MP seat as police hunt for Didmus Barasa [Video]

Marianne Kitany becomes only second female MP for Aldai

Marianne Kitany becomes only second female MP for Aldai

Wangui Ngirici fires back at Waiguru after rigging allegations

Wangui Ngirici fires back at Waiguru after rigging allegations

Didmus Barasa resurfaces online as ODPP orders for his arrest

Didmus Barasa resurfaces online as ODPP orders for his arrest

Several trapped after four-storey building collapsed in Kasarani

Several trapped after four-storey building collapsed in Kasarani

Waiguru decries plot to rig gubernatorial election

Waiguru decries plot to rig gubernatorial election

Primary school kids team up to sell snacks for peace

Primary school kids team up to sell snacks for peace

IEBC officials charged for failing to count ballot papers

IEBC officials charged for failing to count ballot papers