CID officer shot dead in Mosque
[Shabelle] A CID officer was rubbed out as he read a Koran inside a mosque in the Hagadera refugee camp in the larger Dadaab area near the Kenya-Somalia border.
Constable Yusuf Yerro was among about five people who were praying in the mosque Friday at about noon when a gunman walked in and shot him once in the head killing him on the spot.
Witnesses and police said the officer was holding a Koran when he was shot. He died instantly as the gunman escaped outside.
“The body lay in the mosque and next to the Holy Book before police arrived to remove it. He has been taken to his Habaswen home for burial,” said an elder in the area who asked not to be named.
The motive of the shooting was not immediately known but police suspect the officer who was working with CID’s Criminal Intelligence Unit was targeted because of his work.
Witnesses told police the gunman was joined by about four other people as he escaped on foot.
The shooting was the latest to happen in a series that have occurred in the larger refugee camp even as police try to contain the crime.
Colleagues of Yerro, a Bachelor of Education graduate said he had been jovial being a holy day that he intended to celebrate with other fellow Mohammedans in the area.
North Eastern police boss Philip Tuimur said they are yet to make an arrest but investigations were ongoing. He added they are investigating the motive behind the shooting.
The incident two days after three were killed the camp.
The bodies of Abdrashid Maalim Ahmed, 50, Hassan Aden Auul, 43 and Siat Mohamed Ismail, 48 were found in a thicket near the camp with bullet wounds.
Their killers are yet to be jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
but police in the Mbalambala area, the scene of the attack say they have a clue on who they could be.
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