Ar­rested doc­tor not a ter­ror­ist, says fam­ily

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

The fam­ily of the Malindi doc­tor ar­rested last week for al­leged links with ISIS have de­nied al­le­ga­tions he en­gages in ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties. Alin Ab­diqan, 35, a doc­tor at the Malindi Sub­county Hospi­tal, was ar­rested at 2am on Thurs­day last week.

The fam­ily said 40 heav­ily armed se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing four FBI agents, raided their home and ter­rorised them in the dead of night. Ab­diqan lived in his mother-in-law’s six-bed­room house op­po­site the hospi­tal’s mor­tu­ary.

Kil­ifi county act­ing po­lice com­man­der Matawa Muchangi said he had been on the run since Au­gust, when two in­terns at the hospi­tal were ar­rested over al­leged links with a ter­ror­ist group.

But fam­ily mem­bers on Fri­day said he has been present all along and on Thurs­day came home from work at 10.30pm. His wife Mu­mina Fazini said the of­fi­cers broke down doors and the kitchen win­dows. “We ap­peal to the gov­ern­ment, even if they sus­pect some­one, they should not de­stroy prop­erty,” she said.

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