Abdiwahab Abdisamad released after 10 days of being held

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Prof. Abdiwahab Abdisamad, a Somali scholar in Kenya, was released last night after 10 days in captivity, according to his relatives.

The professor, a political analyst who has been interviewed by the BBC and VOA on Somali affairs, was abducted on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya, and has not been seen since.

Abdiwahab Abdisamad was known for his strong support for outgoing Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, and for verbally attacking anyone who opposed his views.

It was not immediately clear who was holding Abdiwahab, but members of his family said he was being held by Kenyan security forces, particularly the intelligence agency.

Prof. Abdiwahab declined to elaborate on the reasons for his abduction, but said he was in good condition, and would talk about what happened to him soon.

His wife, Halima Mohamed, had previously accused Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble of being involved in her husband’s abduction, but she retracted that statement, saying it was a false claim.

According to family members, the allegations against Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble was a false allegation and a pressure by supporters of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, whose aim was to tarnish and damage Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble’s reputation.

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