Man dead, shops looted in PE

2010-07-21 10:22

A man was murdered and shops were looted in the Kuyga informal

settlement near Port Elizabeth in clashes between groups of Somalis.

Ibraham Ali Hasson (37) was shot dead in his shop around 10pm on

Monday, police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg said.

Van Rensburg said: “It is alleged that the deceased received

threats that if he opened his shop something will happen to him. The threats

were allegedly from another Somalian fraternity.”

A murder case was opened.

Shops were looted last night in what was believed to be a “reaction

to the murder”.

“It is alleged that a lady from the community is renting out

premises to a certain Somali faction and assisting in the establishment of spaza

shops in the area.

There is currently friction between the Somalian groups in

the area regarding the opening of shops,” said Van Rensburg.

One group of Somalis allegedly incited local residents to loot

shops belonging to their countrymen in the area. Van Rensburg said it was

“definitely not related to xenophobia”.

All shops in the area were closed last night. No one was injured

and after the looting locals returned to their homes.

A South African man was searched and found in possession of a gun

and ammunition last night.

He was arrested and expected to appear in court today.

Van Rensburg said: “The firearm will be sent for ballistic testing

and the possibility that the same firearm was used in the murder on Monday

evening will be investigated.”



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