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Teen boda boda rider shot dead by navy soldier in Mombasa

Wednesday November 20 2019

MOHAMED AHMED
By MOHAMED AHMED
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A 19-year-old boda boda rider was on Wednesday morning killed by a Kenya Navy soldier in Mtongwe, Mombasa.

Leonard Komora was gunned down at around 6.45am outside the Kenya Navy staff quarters under unclear circumstances.

The young man was allegedly killed for trespassing, according to the police.

"The report we have is that the rider was shot at for trespass. We have started further investigations," said Likoni Sub-County Police Commander Jane Munyoki.

According to boda boda riders who work with the deceased, Komora had gone to pick a customer at the soldier's residence.

"The only customers that we usually pick are the soldiers themselves, but we usually suffer at the hands of these people," said Mr Ali Khamis who knew the slain rider.

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The deceased's mother, Martha Njeri Munene, protested after she was blocked from viewing the body of her only son.

Ms Munene was kept 500 metres away from the scene as police processed the scene.

"This is unfair. They have killed my son for no good reason. He was my only son. He was the one providing for me," said Ms Munene as she wept in pain.