Son of former “financier” of Al Shabaab’s predecessor killed in Nairobi


NAIROBI, KENYA: Police are investigating an incident which a son of a prominent Mogadishu businessman and ex-chief “financier” of Islamic Courts Union (ICU) Abukar Omar Addaan was shot dead in Nairobi Friday

The victim Sacid Abukar Adaan was shot dead outside his shop along Mombasa Road in Nairobi by gunmen who escaped with his mobile phone. Witnesses said he was shot at close range at about 11am as he talked on his mobile phone.  He was planning to get into his shop when the gunmen who were on a motorbike struck and later sped off.  Police said they are yet to know the attackers. His father was a warlord in Somalia.

The family of the victim which stays in South C is calling for investigations. He was rushed to Mater Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The incident happened as tens of police were deployed to Eastleigh in a major crackdown on illegal immigrants. The officers literally surrounded the densely populated area searching both pedestrians and vehicles. Police involved in the exercise said they wanted to detain those without identification documents.

Nairobi police boss Benson Kibue asked those who do not have documents and are illegally there to surrender. Police lorries carried away dozens of people to Kasarani police station where they were being interrogated. The operation which started several days ago has seen more than 2000 people detained and especially from Eastleigh.

The ICU disintegrated into several smaller factions among them Al Shabaab after a defeat by the then Somali Transitional Federal Government and Ethiopian military in 2006.

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