Tanzanian Journalist Abducted

Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera

A Tanzanian investigative journalist, Erick Kabendera, was abducted Monday from his home on the outskirts of Dar es salaam, the country's business capital.

A leading Tanzanian newspaper Mwananchi reports that Kabendera who writes for local and international newspapers was abducted Monday evening by people who are said to be police officers. Police have immediately denied being involved.

The journalist's wife Loy Kabendera, told Mwananchi newspaper that the journalist was "picked up by six people who forcibly stormed into the house and left with a Toyota Alphard" car. She said the people identified themselves as police but refused to produce their badges. They also left with cellphones belonging to Kabendera and his wife.

In November 2017 a Tanzanian journalist Azory Gwanda disappeared mysteriously while investigating a series of killings of local government officials and police officers by unidentified assailants near Kibiti in Pwani region. He has not been since.

In early July, Tanzania's Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi said during an interview with BBC that Gwanda had "disappeared and died." He later retracted his statement.

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