MOGADISHU, Somalia – Two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped from Kenya were seen in a forested town of Somalia, six days after their abduction.
Dr Assel Herera Correa, a general physician, and Dr Landy Rodriguez, a surgeon, were pictured alive in a forested town of Somalia.
Correa and Rodriguez were allegedly kidnapped by Al-Shabaab militants from Mandera last week after killing one of their bodyguards.
But, it is unclear where the hostages are exactly held.
Kenyan government deployed multi-agencies in search for the two doctors who had initially expressed their optimism in working at the dangerous North Eastern region.
Kenyan military helicopters drawn from the Air Cavalry Battalion took over the search and rescue the Cubans, but no sign of the hostages was found yet.
Meanwhile, Somali-Kenyan elders crossed over the border to negotiate for the release of the doctors, amid Kenyan army’s air surveillance in a bid to rescue the medics.
Kenyan court allowed detectives to hold a driver, who attached to the two doctors for another 15 days following request.
The suspected driver is believed have been in contact with assailants, who also killed a security officer attached to the team during the abduction.
Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau said everything will be done to ensure the safe return of the medics.
Kamau accused Al Shabaab of being behind the abduction, saying there is an urgent need to plug Al-Shabaab militants, in a bid to stabilize its neighboring state of Somalia.
Last year, A group of unidentified gunmen abducted an Italian woman, Silvia Costanza Romano working for an aid organisation in south-east Kenya, police said on Wednesday.
Al-Shabab, who are based in neighboring Somalia, attacked a shopping mall in the capital Nairobi in 2013, killing 67 people.
The al Qaeda-linked group are also thought to be responsible for killing a British man and kidnapping his wife from a resort island in 2011.
Mareeg Online and News Agencies