The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Four-Year-Old Boy Shot During Butt's Murder in Mombasa Loses His Leg

A four-year-old boy's leg has been amputated after he was shot during the assassination of Mombasa tycoon Shahid Butt on Friday night.

It is not clear whether the boy was hit by the police's bullet or that of Butt's killers.

The boy was in a car with his family, which was behind the assailant's vehicle.

However, his family said he was shot by the police, who mistook them for the assailants and followed them to a house in Changamwe.

According to his grandmother, Farid Hadi, the boy's left leg was riddled with bullets.

The boy's uncle, Fahadi Ali Abbas, was also shot in the leg as they drove past Changamwe police station.

The boy's twin brother and two of his uncles, who were also in the same car, escaped unhurt during the 8.30pm incident.

Abbas said they had gone to his brother's house in Hamisi estate to fetch water.

While driving back to Port Reitz, they encountered the gunfire forcing them to make a U-turn only to be sprayed with bullets.

He said they were later trailed to the house by armed police officers who searched their home and detained three of his brothers.

"We were ordered to surrender as police officer combed the house thinking that we were part of the assailants before they released us. We bled

profusely," said Abbas, who is admitted to Bomu Hospital.

He said his relatives Saaid Ali Abbas, Swaleh Ali Abbas and Abdalla Mohammed were detained by police and booked at Changamwe police station, but

were later released after intervention from local leaders.

Mombasa county commander Robert Kitur however denied that the two were shot by officers during the ensuing confusion.

He said the two were shot by the gunmen, who were shooting in the air while fleeing.

Kitur yesterday told the Star that the family's blue pickup was mistaken for a police vehicle by the gunmen.

MPs led Mombasa Mvita MP Abdulswad Sharrif and Changamwe's Omar Mwinyi called for thorough investigations.

Speaking after visiting the boy at Bomu Hospital, Abdulswad said he will provide financial assistance to the family.

Haki Africa director Hussein Khalid said they have obtained evidence that clearly shows the security agents were involved.

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