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Unknown assailants shoot Kwale Govt officer

10 December 2014, 13:37 John Kioko

Kwale - A government officer in Kwale is nursing gunshot wounds after being attacked by unknown assailants near his home.

Bongwe Assistant Chief in Msambweni, Ali Nassir told journalists at his Msambweni hospital bed where was admitted for treatment that a masked man ambushed him at 7.00PM as he made his way to the market, leaving him with gunshot wounds on the left knee.

"I was stopping a motorcycle to take me to the market and before I could board, someone emerged from nowhere with mask on his head covering his face and shot at me,” he said.

The assistant chef had a bullet lodged in his knee when he was admitted at the medical facility to have it removed.

He said that an approaching motorcycle and a lorry saved his life because the attacker did not want to be identified, forcing him to disappear into the darkness.

“The man who attacked me was wearing a green jacket. He didn’t utter any words to me but only shot at me. Luckily, I escaped five bullets because he shot six times and only one got me on the knee,” he narrated.

The government officer said that it was high time they should be armed or else be provided with body guards because they do not know who has been targeting them.

“You know it is impossible to know who our enemies are,” he added.

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Recently, the Chief admitted that village chairmen, chiefs and their assistants in the area had been threatened by criminals who branded them government informers.

“Recently, we lost a vice chairman and community policing chair and so that might be the trend also toward people like me. You never know,” he said.

He urged the community around the area to collaborate with the government and solve the issue instead of killing each other.

“We will end up killing each other and so it is better we device ways of working it out as a community,” he advised.

His younger brother, Hamisi Nassir said that security of government officials especially chiefs and their assistants has been put to jeopardy and needs to be addressed urgently.

“As a family, we are shocked and want to get to the bottom of the matter once he is treated,” he said.

At the time of going to the press, Doctor Sara Rashid said that the patient is out of danger and only awaiting for operation to remove the bullet.

Msambweni deputy County Commissioner, Mwangangi Mwania said police combed the area after the incident but did not arrest anybody.

He also noted that Bongwe area has elements of insecurity, adding that most of the criminals are suspected to be coming from Likoni or Tiwi.

“We have been combing the area but unfortunately nothing is found not even the weapons used. We are trying all avenues to address the issue through patrols and information gathering,” he assured.

The officer admitted that most of the suspects in the area have undergone militant training in Somalia.

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