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COVID-19: Kenyan boy shot dead as virus curfew enforced

By Mutala Yakubu
Police are enforcing nightly curfews to stop coronavirus spreading
Police are enforcing nightly curfews to stop coronavirus spreading

Kenya’s police chief has ordered an investigation into the death of a 13-year-old boy said to have been shot on Monday evening as police enforced a curfew.

The child was playing on the balcony of his parent’s house in a slum in the capital, Nairobi, when police fired live bullets to disperse people, according to eyewitnesses.

He was shot in the stomach and he later died while being treated at a hospital.

The inspector general of police has ordered a forensic analysis of all firearms held by officers who were on duty on Monday night in the Huruma-Mathare area.

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The country’s public prosecutor said he was awaiting the file for appropriate action.

The latest incident casts another dark shadow on the manner in which officers have managed a nightly dusk-to-dawn curfew that was ordered last Friday to limit the spread of coronavirus.

People have been tear-gassed, beaten up and injured for not being indoors by 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT).

Source: BBC