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Italian burns to death in car in Malindi

Friday August 18 2017

Residents looking at the shell of a car at the

Residents looking at the shell of a car at the beach near Malindi Casino. An Italian man is alleged to have locked himself in the car before setting it on fire. PHOTO | CHARLES LWANGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By CHARLES LWANGA
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Police are investigating an incidence where an Italian is suspected to have committed suicide by locking himself inside a car before setting it ablaze at the beach near Malindi Casino.

Malindi police boss Matawa Muchangi said the body was burnt beyond recognition during the 4pm incidence.

According to preliminary investigations by the police, the Italian identified as Edmond Buffa aged 71 has been residing in Malindi for 20 years and was operating Tusker Safari, a tourists’ advisory company.

Sources told the Nation that the deceased who seemed healthy and stress free spoke to unknown person on phone for a period of about 20 minutes before locking himself in the car and setting it ablaze.

“We heard a loud explosion coming from the car which was on fire,” a witness said.

Police arrived at the scene and put out the fire but the man was already dead.