In Summary
  • Locals began by gathering at Elwak Level Four Hospital to mourn the mysterious deaths of three other people, whom they claimed were killed by police.
  • The protesters marched towards Elwak Police Station while throwing stones at officers manning the main entrance.

  • Several gunshots were heard and were quickly followed by reports that one Said Abdow had been shot by police.

  • The unrest forced business owners in the border town to close shop for the whole of Thursday.

What began as a peaceful demonstration in Elwak town on Thursday turned tragic and lead to the deaths of three people.

Locals began by gathering at Elwak Level Four Hospital to mourn the mysterious deaths of three other people, whom they claimed were killed by police.

ATTACK ON POLICE

Youths showed up in large numbers, waving placards and asking the government to immediately close the Anti-Stock Theft Police Unit (ASTU) based at Elram in Mandera South Constituency.

Unconfirmed reports indicated that officers from this security camp picked five members of a family during a security operation on Tuesday and that three of them were later found dead.

The operation was part of the search for suspected Shabaab militants who planted an explosive on a road. Their vehicle was hit en route to a water source.

Immediately after Mandera South MP Ali Adan started addressing the mourners at the health facility, bonfires were lit within the town.

The protesters marched towards Elwak Police Station while throwing stones at officers manning the main entrance.

Several gunshots were heard and were quickly followed by reports that one Said Abdow had been shot by police.

ANGER

Abdow succumbed to gunshot injuries while being rushed to Elwak District Hospital.

The rowdy protesters turned their anger on non-locals who crossed their path and it was within the hospital compound that two were stoned to death.

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