Friday, September 08, 2006

Omar Malin was the fifth Somali in a month to be buried at the hillside Muslim cemetery in Mowbray, South Africa

Cape Times:

Nine Somalis have been murdered in the Western Cape in the last month. Three arrests have been made. Malin's killers are still at large.

As about 35 young Somali men gathered at the cemetery, the funeral was delayed for two hours, because the authorities struggled to confirm his identity at Salt River Mortuary.

The 28-year-old Malin was gunned down at his shop in Du Noon on Tuesday, while one of his friends was seriously injured. This was just a few days after a fellow Somali shopkeeper was gunned down in the same area.

According to police spokesperson Billy Jones two men got out of their car and opened fire on Malin and his friend, who is still in hospital.

The police consider robbery as the motive, since money and items were taken from the shop. But the Somali community is steadfast in its belief that this was another xenophobic attack.

"We are all terrified," said Mohamed Mahat Hassan, who was appointed as the spokesperson for the Somali community at a meeting with the provincial police commissioner Mzwandile Petros on Tuesday.

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