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Wednesday January 23, 2013

Group of U.S. Doctors on Humanitarian Mission in Dominican Republic Robbed at Gunpoint

Group of U.S. Doctors on Humanitarian Mission in Dominican Republic Robbed at Gunpoint

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According to local reports in the Dominican Republic, visiting doctors on a medical mission from the US were robbed by two men on motorbikes in Santo Domingo yesterday.

The twenty doctors, who are in the country to provide dental work for poor patients had left their hotel for a stroll at around 9pm. They were then approached by one of the assailants who got off his bike, pistol in hand and told them to hand over all they had.

One of the doctors in the group, Ken Dibble from the University of Utah G3 Medical Foundation, said that they put a gun to his head and told him to hand over his watch, iPad, credit cards, money and rings and that he said he had none of those, but another member of the group had to hand over a US$3,000 camera and his backpack, according to DR1.

The doctors regretted the incident as they had been coming to the country for ten years and nothing like that had ever happened before.