Nairobi, May 19, 2004 (The East African Standard) – Armed Somali militiamen
on a vendetta mission crossed into Kenya on Monday morning, abducted and
later shot dead three people before escaping.
Mandera police recovered the bodies of Mohammed Osman Dahad, 32, Hassan
Mohammed Amin, 32, and Mohammed Maalim Hassan, 29, one kilometre from the
Kenya/Somali border in Komor area. The trio was from the Marehan sub clan.
Police at the headquarters said the three victims were ferrying firewood on
a donkey cart when they were confronted and abducted by the armed Somalia
militiamen in Komor in Central division of Mandera District at about 5am.
The gunmen then frog marched the three towards the border with the intention
of holding them at ransom.
However, the incident was reported to the police and the security committee,
who started tracking down the abductors.
On realising that they were being followed, the militiamen executed their
captives and escaped back into Somali.
Two of the captives' bullet riddled bodies were later found at the scene of
the executions. The third victim, who was seriously injured, was pronounced
dead on arrival at the Mandera District Hospital where he had been rushed.
The bodies were later released on the same day to their families after post
mortem and positive identification for burial according to Islamic rites.
The police source revealed that the killings by the Somalia militiamen are a
result of a long-standing animosity between the Marehan sub clan and their
neighbours from Bulla Hawa town in Somali.
The incident has caused tension in the area with villagers expressing fears
of possible revenge.