Kibuli Publicist Hassan Kirya Shot Dead

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Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson says Kirya was returning from Taraweh [Ramadan night] prayers at the newly built mosque at Ring road when he was shot.
The late Ibrahim Hassan Kirya, the former spokesperson of the Kibuli Muslim Faction
Hassan Ibrahim Kirya, the spokesperson of the Kibuli Muslim faction has been shot dead.

Kirya was killed by two gunmen riding on a motorcycle at around 11pm when he stopped to buy groceries at a stall below the Kireka flyover on the Northern bypass.

The gunmen also shot a tout in a truck that was parked near Kirya\'s vehicle as they fled from the scene. Both Kirya and the tout whose identity hasn\'t been established were rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Kirya was pronounced dead on arrival while the tout is admitted at the hospital in critical condition.

Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson says Kirya was returning from Taraweh prayers from the newly built mosque at Ring Road when he was shot.

According to police sources, prior to his shooting Kirya met with some friends at Kireka and decided to drop his bodyguard at Kireka Police barracks before heading home.

Kirya joins the list of other Muslim leaders kiled by unknown gun men in the recent past.

Last month, Sheikh Rashid Wafula, the former Imam of Bilal Mosque and Director of Nakaloke Islamic Primary and Secondary School in Mbale, was gunned down outside his home.

Others killed include Dr. Abdul Qadir Muwaya, the top Shia Cleric, Mustafa Bahiga, the Kampala District Amir and Sheikh Abdul Karim Ssentamu.

Police have repeatedly blamed the murder of Muslim clerics on remnants of the Allied Democratic Front-ADF rebels under the directives of their leader Sheikh Jamil Mukulu. Mukulu is currently battling his extradition from Tanzania to face trial in Uganda over the murders. 

Several suspects have been arrested in connection to the murders including Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, the Amir Ummah.

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