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CID boss' son who was killed in Msa riots laid to rest

07 October 2013, 15:04 John Kioko

Msambweni, Kwale - The son of Nyamira County Criminal Investigation (CID) officer was laid to rest in their Nganja home in Msambweni district on Sunday.

Salim Seif Mbaruk succumbed to bullet injuries after he was shot twice in his left and right ribs by a stray bullet on Friday as police were dispersing rogue youths who were protesting against the killing of four people allied to the late Sheikh Aboud Rogo, a muslim cleric who was killed last year by unknown people in Mombasa.

Muslim youths, angered by the killing of the four protesters, took to streets engaging police in running battles before they partly burnt a Salvation Army Church in Majengo, when Salim was shot.

In return, the rogue youths were throwing stones to police who were using teargas to disperse them.

Salim died on arrival at the Coast provincial general hospital, while at least four other people were admitted at the hospital the Friday evening riots.

An eyewitness said that the deceased was riding his motorcycle from his place of work when he was caught up in the melee that led to his death.

“The 39-year-old man was riding motorbike but when he met protesters, he stopped to allow them to pass. However, he was shot in the process,” said the source.

Mombasa police boss, Kipkemboi Rop, said at least 24 youths have been arrested following the protests as they lit bonfire and barricaded the roads.

He however denied reports that police were behind the alleged execution of the four protesters on Thursday night.

Mombasa County commander, Robert Kitur, said on phone Sunday that they have not established who exactly shot Salim.

“You know it is not only the police who have firearms. There are civilians too and so we don’t know exactly who might have killed the man but we are investigating,” he said.

Kitur added that most of the protesters looted and so business owners who might have been licensed to carry firearms might have shot at the crowd during the incident.

The family of the deceased has urged the government to make sure the incident is investigated and those behind the killing brought to book.

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