Kenyan Businessman Shot Dead By Ethiopian Rebels - Police

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A Kenyan businessman was shot dead in Garissa on Wednesday evening by suspected members of the Ethiopian rebel group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), the police confirmed on Thursday.

Garissa County Police Commander Charles Kinyua said the 48 year- old shopkeeper, Hassan Yussuf, was gunned down by three armed assailants who confronted him at shop.

This is the fourth incident of killing related to wrangles and bitter political difference entangled two Ogaden sub-clans, police said.

"The deceased was at the shop attending to his customers, before the masked armed men stormed into his shop and shot him at a close range. The shopkeeper died on the spot," Kinyua said.

He said the assailant tossed a hand grenade at the police and the public as they tried to escape, but no one was hurt. They were then overpowered and disarmed.

He said the police officers who responded to the alarm raised by the public recovered a Tokarev pistol loaded with 3 rounds of ammunition.

"This killing has nothing to do with the normal thuggery, banditry and the Al-Shabaab. We suspect it has something to do with ONLF and clan politics in Ethiopia Somali region," Kirui said.

A taxi driver was shot dead last week and member of county assembly for Mbalambala ward Idriss Bilal was stabbed and seriously wounded in separate crime incidents in the town.

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