Our Sons Weren’t Terrorists, Families Of Slain Men Insist.

A human rights group and families of two men shot dead last week in Mombasa and Kwale have denied police claims that the two were terrorists.

On Thursday last week, officers from the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) shot and killed 45-year-old Hamza Mohamed in Bombolulu, Mombasa. They claimed Mohamed was a terrorist. In Kwale, police killed 26-year-old Mohamed Rashid Mwanyiro, who they claimed was involved in the murder of a naval officer.

But the two men’s relatives and Muslim for Human Rights (Muhuri) have refuted the officers’ claims. They now want the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) to probe the two incidents, saying the men were victims of extrajudicial killings.

“This was extrajudicial killing. We want an independent probe because the police account of the two incidents do not add up,” said Muhuri in a report. According to Muhuri, up to 30 people have been killed by police since 2017.

Police have denied extrajudicial killing claims, saying the suspects were dangerous criminals who disobeyed an order to surrender. Nyali Sub-county Police Commander Simon Thirikwa said Mohammed alias Modi, hurled a grenade at the police before he was gunned down.

But Muhuri has refuted these claims, saying Mohamed was executed. “Witnesses said police removed him from his room, already dead and did not confiscate any weapon or explosives,” states a report by Muhuri.

According to Muhuri’s Rapid Response Officer Francis Auma, key witnesses interviewed said five police officers flashed out Mohamed’s neighbours before they stormed his house. “When we visited the crime scene, the ferocity of the murder was all over.

There were bloodstains on the corridor, door, walls and water jerricans,” said Mr Auma………

Source: Standard Media