DPP directs Police to investigate death of 13-year-old boy

Written By: Muraya Kamunde
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DPP directs National Police to investigate death of boy in Kiamaiko

The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has directed the National Police Service to investigate the death of a 13-year-old boy who was allegedly shot by police in Kiamaiko, Nairobi.

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The boy was reportedly hit by a stray bullet in the stomach while he was on the balcony of their home as he watched police enforce the dusk to dawn curfew.

He died Monday evening and will be laid to rest Tuesday at the Kariako Muslim Cemetery.

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The boy was reportedly hit by a stray bullet in the stomach while he was on the balcony of their home as he watched police enforce the dusk to dawn curfew.

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He was rushed to Mama Lucy Hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but later succumbed to the gunshot wounds.

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The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai since asked the Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) George Kinoti to inquire into the death and also undertake forensic analysis of all firearms held by officers who were on duty Monday night within Huruma area.

Nairobi County Commander Phillip Ndolo said that the boy was accidentally hit by a ricocheting bullet when police were engaging a gang that had flouted the curfew.

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Ndolo has cautioned police officers enforcing the curfew against carelessly using their weapons, assuring that investigation are underway.

In the meantime, the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched investigations into the incident in which police enforcing the curfew allegedly shot the boy.

“Amongst other activities, we are attending the post mortem,” said IPOA through their twitter handle.

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