Namibia: Another Soldier in Civilian Shooting

An off-duty soldier, who is part of 'Operation Kalahari Desert' unit allegedly shot and wounded a suspected cellphone snatcher in Katutura's Single Quarters on Saturday.

Police inspector general, Sebastian Ndeitunga confirmed yesterday that the victim, suspected to be member of the local 'Boko Haram' gang, was allegedly shot by the soldier in Katutura on Saturday.

Ndeitunga said the gang member was shot after he reportedly tried to run away with a phone he stole from a female civilian.

"He robbed a woman's cellphone and was shot by the soldier because he was fleeing with the cellphone," he said. Ndeitunga said that the soldier was not on duty when the incident took place. The soldier, who reportedly used his own private weapon, reported to Wanaheda Police Station but was not arrested.

Ndeitunga said an investigation will be launched against the soldier.

"In a case of shooting and injuring someone, there will always be a case," he said.

Ndeitunga added that once the case docket is sent to the prosecutor general, it would be up to her to decide whether the soldier could be protected by the rule of self-defence.

"Self-defence also includes protecting someone who is under attack and the soldier was rescuing someone who was being robbed," said Ndeitunga. He added that once the suspect recovers from his injuries, charges will be brought against him.

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