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Police search for buibui-clad gunman over CID officer's murder

03 July 2015, 14:01 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Police in Mombasa have launched a massive manhunt for Ismail Mohammed Soshi in connection to the killing of Hashim Salman, the National Intelligence Officer gunned down in Bondeni area Thursday evening.

Speaking to the press Friday at the Mombasa Police headquarters, Mombasa Police Commandant Robert Kitur revealed that the incident occurred at 7 PM when Hashim Salman was ambushed by two masked men who shot him five times as he was leaving the Hamisa Mosque.

“Salman was shot twice in the head and three body shots, with two hitting his arms,” Kitur said, adding that investigations were closing in on Ismail Mohammed Soshi, a notorious hitman who is linked to a number of hits on police officers in Old Town area.

The police commandant further noted that chances were high that the suspect is being protected by some residents of Old Town, and called on the public to offer any information that will lead up to his arrest.

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“The suspect is notorious for carrying out his crimes under the guise of a buibui, and it is only a matter of time before police catch up with him,” Kitur stated.

The Mombasa police chief also stated that the suspect leads a group of youths who have been terrorizing residents and visitors of Old Town, which he said was also their hiding place.

He however fell short of stating that the incident was not terror related, intimating that it could have been an ordered hit.

“The officer was gunned down at the area where he was raised, by an individual who poses a threat to Mombasa residents,” the police commandant stated.

He said that a reward was in the cards for anyone with useful information that could lead to the arrest of Ismail Mohammed Soshi.

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