By Cyrus Ombati and Adow Jubat
Suspected Al Shabaab militants killed a middle-aged man in Mandera town on Sunday night.
The deceased, a well-known tailor in the town, was shot dead at 7.30pm in his house a few metres from the local prison. The attackers hurled a grenade at a neighbouring food kiosk but it did not explode.
North Eastern police boss Philip Tuimur said experts had picked the unexploded grenades for analysis and detonation.
“Their aim was to harm those who would rush to the scene. We are investigating the incident,” said Tuimur.
Mandera DCIO Henry Ndombi and Mandera Deputy OCPD Michael Mbaluka were in the vehicle that ran over the grenade.
Speaking to The Standard on phone Mr Ndombi said they discovered their Land Rover had run over the ordinance after arriving at the scene of murder.
Mandera County Commissioner Michael ole Tialal said the attackers shot the man eight times in the chest.
“We are still investigating the motive of the killing the man, who is not even influential, in such a brutal manner,” he told The Standard on Monday.
The body of the deceased was due to be transported to Nairobi and later to his Nyanza home.
Kenya has been hit by a wave of grenade and bomb attacks since its troops entered Somalia last October. The attackers have targeted Kenya’s northeast, the capital Nairobi and Mombasa, threatening the country’s lucrative tourist trade.
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