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14-year-old boy set ablaze for witnessing phone robbery dies in Mandera

Boy was doused in petrol and set ablaze by his elder brothers.

In Summary

• The class seven pupil at Kamor Primary School in Mandera was lured to their house by his brothers before being rolled up in a mattress doused in petrol and set on fire. 

• Police officers had rushed to their house as it went up in flames the previous day and rescued the boy, who had sustained serious burns.

Crime scene
Crime scene
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The 14-year-old boy who was doused in petrol and set ablaze by his elder brothers is dead.

DCI Director George Kinoti said the boy succumbed to the burn injuries early today morning while undergoing treatment at Mandera County Teaching and Referral hospital.

“He put up a brave fight for his life, but towards 2 am this morning, he gave up and went to be with the Lord. His distraught father Abdullah Hassan, who couldn’t come to terms with the loss of his beloved son, shed tears of pain and anguish as he reported his death to our officers,” Kinoti said.

The boy, a class seven pupil at a local primary school in Mandera was set ablaze by his elder brothers who feared that he might testify against one of them, accused of stealing a mobile phone.

The class seven pupil at Kamor Primary School in Mandera was lured to their house by his brothers before being rolled up in a mattress doused in petrol and set on fire. 

Police officers had rushed to their house as it went up in flames the previous day and rescued the boy, who had sustained serious burns.

Kinoti said detectives have arrested the brothers - Ibrahim Ahmed Shaur, 20 and Yusuf Ahmed Shaur, 17 - who had gone into hiding.

They are currently at Mandera Police station being processed for the offence of murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the penal code.

“We hope that the arrest of the two suspects will bring some semblance of justice to the family and friends of the young boy,” Kinoti added.

Edited by D Tarus