The Cuban government has said its two doctors who were kidnapped from Kenyan town of Mandera in April are safe.

“The Kenyan authorities affirmed that both doctors, Assel Herrera and Landy Rodriguez, are well and they will continue their efforts, as well as those carried out by our country, for their safe return to Cuba,” Ines Maria Chapman, vice president of the Cuban Council of Ministers, told reporters in Havana on Monday after returning from a trip to Kenya.

Havana said its closely working with Nairobi to secure their release.

“Our people can be sure that the Cuban government, like the government of Kenya, is making huge efforts, paying special attention to this issue,” Chapman said.

A top government official said in May the gunmen had demanded $1.5 million for their release.
The two Cubans a general practitioner and a surgeon were abducted on April 12 by suspected Al-Shabaab militants from neighboring Somalia.

Herrera and Rodriguez were part of a 100-member Cuban medical brigade that was working in Kenya under an agreement between the two countries.

Some doctors who were on the border have been relocated closer to the capital for security reasons.

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