By Cyrus Ombati- Standard Media .
A CID officer was shot dead as he read a Koran inside a mosque in the Hagadera refugee camp in the larger Dadaab area near the Kenya-Somalia border.
Constable Yusuf Yerro was among about five people who were praying in the mosque Friday at about noon when a gunman walked in and shot him once in the head killing him on the spot.
Witnesses and police said the officer was holding a Koran when he was shot. He died instantly as the gunman escaped outside.
“The body lay in the mosque and next to the Holy Book before police arrived to remove it. He has been taken to his Habaswen home for burial,” said an elder in the area who asked not to be named.
The motive of the shooting was not immediately known but police suspect the officer who was working with CID’s Criminal Intelligence Unit was targeted because of his work.
Witnesses told police the gunman was joined by about four other people as he escaped on foot.
The shooting was the latest to happen in a series that have occurred in the larger refugee camp even as police try to contain the crime.
Colleagues of Yerro, a Bachelor of Education graduate said he had been jovial being a holy day that he intended to celebrate with other fellow Muslims in the area.
North Eastern police boss Philip Tuimur said they are yet to make an arrest but investigations were ongoing. He added they are investigating the motive behind the shooting.
The incident two days after three were killed the camp.
The bodies of Abdrashid Maalim Ahmed, 50, Hassan Aden Auul, 43 and Siat Mohamed Ismail, 48 were found in a thicket near the camp with bullet wounds.
Their killers are yet to be arrested but police in the Mbalambala area, the scene of the attack say they have a clue on who they could be.
According to authorities, the three had left the main camp on Wednesday morning but failed to return and it was until in the evening that the incident was realized.
The motive of the killings is yet to be established but police suspect a gang that operates between Dadaab and Liboi is behind the incident. Tuimur said they are pursuing crucial leads on who the attackers could be.
More anti-terror police officers have been dispatched to major towns in North Eastern to help in taming sympathisers of the militants who are on the lose.
As part of the measures to curb the menace, the government has ordered all refugees in the towns in the province to register with relevant authorities or risk arrest and deportation.
Officials say the presence of the refugees at the camps is a threat to the local security and country at large.
The larger camp is hosting more than 500,000 refugees and officials say more are arriving on a daily basis.
In all, more than police are now deployed in Dadaab, which consists of five camps spread across 50 square kilometers.