Two Somali Businessmen Shot Dead In Cape Town
Two Somali businessmen were shot dead on Sunday after being attacked by three unknown suspected robbers in Cape town, South Africa.
The two men owned shops that were adjacent to each other.
Witnesses said the attackers were heavily armed and the two Somali men died instantly as a result of the gunshot wounds.
Abdikarim Abdullahi Mohammud and Abdullahi Dhere have been identified as the victims of the latest attack targeting the Somali Community in South Africa.
The Police have already launched investigations into the incident following the murder of the two Somali Nationals promising to apprehend the culprits.
The killers escaped from the murder scene before the local Police were alerted about the double homicide.
South African police officers said that investigations are underway.
The victims’ bodies were collected by local Somali traders who are preparing them for burial.
Somali Nationals have in the past died in the hands of armed robbers who attack them in their shops, demanding money and killing them.
More than thirty cases have been filled with the local Police but they mostly remain unsolved.
According to experts, On average nearly one person an hour is shot dead in South Africa.
According to criminologists, gun violence has got worse. They say on average 23 people are killed with guns in South Africa each day, that is up from 18 people six years ago.
Many experts agree that illegal firearms are a major problem here.
Recent research by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime found that some high-calibre guns and ammunition are smuggled into the country from neighbouring Zimbabwe and Mozambique through organised crime networks.
But weapons also go missing from the security forces.
Last year, several robberies were reported at police stations around the country where hundreds of firearms were stolen.
Critics say that the authorities are unable to keep track of the legal guns.