A 14-year-old boy set on fire by his siblings in Mandera on suspicion of snitching on an elder brother suspected to have stolen a phone is dead. The agency stated that the victim was targeted after the suspects learnt he was willing to be a witness in a case where one of them was accused of stealing a mobile phone.

Abdullah Hassan was lured to the family house by his brothers before being rolled up in petrol-doused mattress which was then set on fire. Unfortunately he succumbed to injuries he sustained from the incident while undergoing treatment at the Mandera County Teaching and Referral Hospital, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) announced on Wednesday.

The DCI added that the two suspects went into hiding after setting the victim ablaze before police who were nearby rushed to the scene where they rescued the 14-year-old and rushed him to mandera county teaching and referral hospital. However, the two brothers involved in the incident were arrested for interrogation.

The victim,was a class seven pupil at Kamor Primary School in Mandera.

Edited by: Chepkosgei Jedidah