East London police search for five armed suspects after Somali murder

BY ZANDISIWE POLTIN - SEPTEMBER 2, 2015

East London police are searching for five suspects after the murder of a Somali shopkeeper in the city’s Kwelera Location. Ali Abdi Abdi (21) was with his cousin, Hassan Ibrahim, when the incident took place at around 7pm on Monday night.

According to Ibrahim, five men entered the store armed with knives and a pistol and called Ali by name - a clear indication that they knew him.

“They ordered the shop to be closed and began ransacking it looking for valuables. There were customers that came knocking, looking to buy, and the robbers whispered and said we must tell customers that we are closed,” Ibrahim told the Daily Dispatch.

A short fight broke out between Ali and one of the suspects, resulting in him dying after sustaining multiple stab wounds in the neck and stomach.

“I believe Ali was killed because he knew the suspects and would have been able to identify them to the police,” said Ibrahim adding that he was left lying on the floor with his hands tied at his back.

They made off with R11 000 cash, groceries and airtime valued at R6 000, leaving the man dead.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Nkosikho Mzuku said a murder case was opened for investigation.

“Police are following all possible leads to locate and arrest the suspects. Anyone with information can contact the investigating officer, Constable Sandile Ntengento on 043 851 1540 or 082 441 8966. All information will be treated as confidential,” Mzuku said.