Monday, September 18, 2006

Somali death toll rises

By Odette Ismail
18 September 2006


Another Somali shop assistant was shot dead on Saturday by four gumen in Tembalethu in George.

Police are investigating a case of murder and armed robbery. This brings the death rate of Somalis to 11 in the Western Cape.

Police spokesperson Ntobeka Mangqwengqwe told the Cape Times that four gunmen entered the shop and pointed the gun to the owner.

When the shop-assistant came out of another room he was shot in the chest. He died at the scene.

The suspects ran off with an unknown amount of money and cigarettes. The gunmen are still at large.

In a media briefing last week Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool said that nine arrests had been made in connection with the murders of Somalis in the previous two weeks.

The arrests followed incidents involving Somalis across the province.

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