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

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

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, the boy succumbed to the injuries early today morning while undergoing treatment at Mandera County teaching and Referral Hospital.

“The 14-year-old boy had put up a brave fight for his life, but towards 2am 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,” said DCI Kinoti.

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.

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.

Detectives have however arrested the heartless brothers Ibrahim Ahmed Shaur, 20 and Yusuf Ahmed Shaur, 17 who had gone into hiding following the incident.

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

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