Town deserted as rival groups clash
By Ali Abdi | March 6th 2021
Isiolo town streets remained deserted following the killing of a boda boda rider on Thursday evening.
The killing led to protests by boda boda riders and residents in the town.
According to witnesses, Diba Osman, the victim, was picked up from a garage in the town centre in a Tuk Tuk, beaten up and taken to an unknown destination.
Riders tried to pursue the Tuk Tuk but could not catch up with it.
Police later found his body and took it to Isiolo Level Four hospital mortuary. Family members were still awaiting postmortem by the time of going to press.
A street fight pitting boda boda riders from one community against those from another community ensued, forcing businesses to close early on Thursday.
Isiolo County Commissioner Herman Shambi (pictured), who chaired a security committee meeting yesterday, told reporters that three people - the garage owner, the rider of the Tuk Tuk and owner - had been arrested.
“They are assisting the police with investigations. We hope to arrest more suspects,” said Mr Shambi. The administrator appealed to residents not to take the law in their hands.
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