Hafsa Mohamed rescued from abduction in a mysterious circumstances2 min read
Hafsa Mohamed Luqmaan, a 23-year-old Somali girl who went missing in Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighborhood has been rescued by police in Kayole.
Hafsa, who lived in the California Estate area of Nairobi, was abducted on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
She was rescued from a deserted house in Matopeni in Nairobi’s Kayole slum, where she was forced into a water tank.
Hafsa went missing from a shoe shop in Eastleigh five days ago, as her captors demanded a ransom of 5 million Kenyan shillings ($46,000).
Family members who spoke to to media said they had not paid the ransom demanded by the kidnappers.
Investigators say they are questioning the suspects and have arrested a 24-year-old man in the case.
Kayole’s deputy chief information officer Rioba Gisiri said the woman was found around 10 a.m. today and was in stable condition despite some bruising on her fingers.
Gisiri said the kidnappers left the house with a booklet left laying round that they were using while asking for the ransom with what is described as a memoir, that caught the attention of neighbors.
He added that when the neighbors tried to look at the contents of the booklet, they immediately heard Hafsa’s voice calling for immediate help, prompting the neighbors to contact the police.
Police in a joint operation visited the house where the emergency call was delivered, but went to the scene with the culprits already having fled the house with only the abducted young woman, Hafsa, still tied up and inside the house. One of the suspects was later arrested in a nearby neighborhood authorities said.
Police rescued Hafsa from the abduction home and took her to Kayole Police Station where she recorded her statements to the authorities.
Prior to her disappearance, surveillance cameras at her shop showed her entering the store at 4:44 pm on Tuesday with another woman by the name of Hafsa Abdulwahab.
Hafsa Mohamed Luqman went missing on Tuesday (June 15th) from her shoe store she owned at the Kamukunj shopping center in Eastleigh, Nairobi.
“The kidnappers last sent us a text message on Wednesday the 16th of this month, saying they wanted a ransom,” Hafsa’s brother-in-law, Omar Ibrahim, told media.
“We are very concerned that they could be harmed,” he said.
Footage from hidden cameras at Hafsa’s store showed her entering the store at 4:44 pm on Tuesday, along with another girl named Hafsa Abdulwahab.
The two girls had embarked to Kayole, for unknown reasons. It has now emerged that Hafsa Abdulwahab, who sells home-made drinks in Kayole, is also missing.
On Wednesday afternoon, the kidnappers released a 35-second video showing Hafsa Mohamed Luqman blindfolded, with arms and legs tied, suggesting that she had been tortured.
Hafsa was heard saying to her family, “I have been kidnapped and they are demanding a ransom. Please give it to them.”
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