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Gunman linked to CID boss shooting denied bail

08 September 2014, 15:08 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A man suspected to have been involved in the shooting of a CID boss in Mombasa has been denied bail by the Mombasa law court.

Abadallah Swaleh alias Duha denied the attempted murder charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Stephen Reich.

The prosecution led by Senior Prosecutor Eugene Wangila had asked the court to deny the accused bail on grounds that investigations surrounding the attempted murder of the CID boss, Victor Thangalani were still ongoing.

Duha is alleged to have committed the offense on August 26, 2014 at Kiziwi area in Tudor Estate, where he shot at the aforementioned and caused grievous bodily harm with injuries on the victim’s abdominal area.

Before the shooting incident, the Mombasa OCPD had received prior information regarding the planned attack by an informant that there was a gang hiding illegal firearms, after which he rang the the CID officer who organized a team in a private car and drove to Majengo area where the accused were said to be hiding.

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On arrival at the alleged house where the guns were said to have been kept, the CID officers found a blue saloon car parked outside prompting them to keep watch until it left the premises and then started trailing it.

According to the police statement, the saloon car halted after a short while, then one of the occupants disembarked to go to the shop.

It was then that the police decided to confront the occupants of the vehicle, whereupon a shootout began.

The CID boss, Thangalani, was then shot in the ensuing gun battle but police managed to arrest one of the gunmen after a massive manhunt for the suspects who had escaped from the scene.

The gunmen’s car was later spotted near a hotel in Majengo area on August 27, 2014 where the accused was arrested.

The case will be mentioned on Tuesday.

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