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Eritrean trader killed in Kapoeta State for lowering prices

By Morris Dogga

Two people have been arrested in connection with the killing of a 23 year old Eritrean business man who was killed on Tuesday night, the state Minister said.

Joseph Kabaka Atiol told Juba Monitor in a phone interview on Tuesday that the business man was shot dead in his shop at around 2:00 am on Tuesday night by unknown gunmen.

He said following the incident, the state police launched an investigation and two people are currently being held at the police headquarters.

He said one of the suspects was arrested at the airstrip when he was trying to escape.

According to Kabaka, the second suspect was arrested because he had a quarrel with the victim over reduction in the prices of goods.

He said the victim was known in the state for selling long goods in affordable prices to the local trader.

“We have two people in the custody and all of them are traders. They are being investigated by the police,” he said.

“It is something to do with competition over prices.”

In a separate incident, Kabaka said a man identified to be a Kenyan national working with one of the local Non-Governmental Organizations in the state was also shot at his resident by unknown gunmen and sustained serious wounds.

“His condition is stable,” he added.

“All these acts were carried out by criminals and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” he revealed.





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