Businessman shot dead in Changamwe

Friday July 11 2014

The car which Mr Butt was driving when armed attackers accosted him shooting him and killing him instantly on Friday evening July 11, 2014. PHOTO/LABAN WALLOGA

The car which Mr Butt was driving when armed attackers accosted him shooting him and killing him instantly on Friday evening July 11, 2014. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

By WACHIRA MWANGI
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The proprietor of Modern Coast Express bus company has been shot and killed along Airport Road in Changamwe, Mombasa.

Reports indicate that that Mr Shahid Butt was shot while driving his car and died instantly.

His vehicle veered off the road following the shooting.

Some area residents who arrived at the scene before the police reportedly took the body to an unknown destination using an ambulance.

Mombasa County Police Commander Robert Kitur confirmed the incident.

Mr Kitur said that the businessman who was driving a Nissan Patrol car was coming from the airport where he had gone to pick his son.

When he arrived at the Magongo-Changamwe junction, gunmen who were said to be driving a blue car started shooting at the drivers side.

Mr Butt is then reported to have tried to make a u-turn and knocked another vehicle that was passing.

His son son survived the shooting. It could not be immediately established whether he sustained any injuries.

The attackers, according to eye-witnesses then drove towards the airport.

The police boss said they are still pursuing the attackers.

No arrests had been made by Friday.

And as the attackers left the scene, they shot at another pick-up vehicle that was driving by.

Two occupants, a father and his son, were injured and rushed to hospital.

STATION NOT UNDER ATTACK

Following the shooting which happened some meters from the Changamwe Police Station, there were fears that the station was under attack.

Police have however confirmed that there was no attack directed at the station.

They were however on high alert following the shooting incident.

Police sources also indicated that the dead businessman had not reported any threats to his life.