Officials: Two Cuban Physicians held hostage in Somalia not freed

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The foreign ministers of both Cuba and Somalia state two Cuban physicians held hostage from the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia haven’t been freed.

Somalia’s foreign minister Ahmed Isse Awad told local press that”they have been published but we’ve got greater hope in that.”

Cuba’s foreign ministry said”enormous efforts” were made to make sure their release.

The Associated Press on Wednesday wrongly reported that the physicians were freed, mentioning Somali officials. The officials Thursday said they were confused. The Somali officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to talk to the press.

It wasn’t clear where the physicians were on Thursday.

It had been upgraded on Oct. 8, 2020, to fix the physicians that have yet to be released.