Somali Gold Dealer Shot Dead In Karamoja

A popular Somali Gold dealer in Acerer village was on Thursday evening gunned down at his workplace in Nakapiripirit district. The incident happened 83 kilometres, south of Moroto town along Moroto- Mbale road.

A Karamojong man enters a mine shaft in Rupa, close to the town of Moroto. Gold mining became an alternative source of income for some members of the Karamojong community
A Karamojong man enters a mine shaft in Rupa, close to the town of Moroto. Gold mining became an alternative source of income for some members of the Karamojong community

Mansoor Abdul, believed to be in his 40’s, was shot dead at 7.30 pm as miners delivered gold for sale at his shelter.

Okot Obwona, the Regional Police Commander- Mt. Moroto area confirmed the incident.

Obwona said that robbers invaded Abdul’s mud and wattle stall. He explains that the assailant disguised himself as a seller in the queue before firing at Abdul. Abdul died on the spot as two AK-47 bullets smashed his head.

The thugs then stole cash sales for the day and unspecified amount of gold in the shelter.

Obwona urges the traders not to conduct business late in the evening when their security can be breeched. He calls upon  traders to be more vigilant because the festive season is at hand.

A manhunt for the attackers has reportedly been launched for the perpetrators who are suspected to be within the village.

Godfrey Aluma, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Nakapiripirit, believes the killing could stem from wrangles in the gold business. However, he adds that intelligence teams are tracking down the suspects now in hiding. He condemns that act at same time warning the traders not to transact business in isolation. He appeals to the public to be calm as police carry on with their duties.

Rashid Aziz, a gold dealer in Moroto, says the deceased did not have any known fall-outs with anyone. He describes Abdul as friendly and outgoing in the five years he has been conducting business in Karamoja.

Abdul’s death is the first reported shooting of a gold dealer in Karamoja.

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