8 February 2013

Kenya: Gunman Kills, Escapes in Garissa Town

Photo: Stuart Price
Weapons seized from suspected Al Shabaab members (file photo): Families of Kenyans abducted by Al-Shabaab are appealing to the government to help bring them back safely.

One person was yesterday afternoon killed and another seriously injured after a gunman spayed the vehicle they were travelling in with bullets in Garissa town.

The two, a pastor and his assistant who was identified as Abdiweli were just about to board their vehicle when the gunman attacked them from behind. It is alleged the dead man was a Muslim who recently had converted to Christianity.

A witness said he saw two men dressed in jeans passed by where he was standing, "only to hear gunshots a few moments later".

He said the shooting happened a few metres from where he was standing. "I saw two people lying down bleeding profusely," said the witness. "In the confusion the gunman fled the scene."

"This assailants must have known these people very well because it is evident he had traced them for some time before killing one of them," said Garissa police boss George Losku. "We don't know what could have been the motive behind the killings, but we have launched investigations."

The incident led to panic griping the town, as businesses were hurriedly closed down and remained shut for the rest of the day. Wananchi stayed indoors as police patrolled the streets.

The incident comes barely four days after a police sergeant based in Dadaab refugee camp was shot and killed outside the Oasis Hotel.

The officer was waiting to board a vehicle to take him at work. The police boss said that no arrest had been made in relation to the incident.

The body of the slain man was taken at the garissa provincial mortuary while the other person who was critically injured was taken to the theater with serious gun wounds on his head.

Security in garissa town has been at its lowest since the start of the year with residents leaving in fear of more attacks.dozens of civilians and security officers have lost their lives in the attacks that are believed to carried out by al shabaab militants and their sympathisers

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