Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Kenyan is wounded in Somalia fighting

A Kenyan was yesterday shot by a stray bullet at a village on the common border with war-torn Somalia.

Mr Abdi Adan, 18, is admitted to Wajir District Hospital where his condition is yet to stabilise. He sustained serious injuries in the neck after he was hit by the bullet fired by a gunman fighting for work initiated by an non-governmental organisation.

The organisation is said to be drilling a borehole at Gerille village where the incident happened. Area residents assemble at the borehole site for work every day.

Some Kenyans have also been crossing the border to seek work at the site.

The man, according to Wajir OCPD (Officer Commanding Police Division) Julius Kitili, was shot at 4pm when a group of locals engaged in a fight over the employment.

Wajir district medical superintendent Alluvula Seme said the man would be flown to Nairobi for further treatment.

"We are tying to stabilise his condition so that he can be flown to Nairobi where he can be attended to by a neuro-surgeon," said Dr Seme.

As a result of the recent ravaging drought in Gedo region of Somalia, residents are fighting for the scarce basic resources in the region where few humanitarians agencies are working to assist the famine victims.