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Kenya’s court clerk, rider shot dead in gun attack.

Detectives are investigating an incident in which a clerk of Migori High Court, Kenya and her boda boda rider were shot dead by a lone gunman.
Phoebe Auma, 50, was being ferried to the court by the rider when they were attacked, witnesses and police said.
The incident shows seemingly the gunman knew about the woman’s movements.
Police believe she was targeted probably because of her work.
The gunman was wearing a facemask at the time of the attack.
According to witnesses, the gunman accosted Auma and her rider when they slowed down from Gogo village to join the busy Kisii-Migori highway.
The gunman was riding a motorbike with a concealed number plate at the time of the incident.
Auma was shot twice in the neck and head, while the rider identified as Godfrey Misiko was shot in the head.
They died on the spot and their bodies were taken to a morgue in Migori town.
Police said they were yet to establish the motive of the attack.
Four empty cartridges of 7.62mm special were recovered from the scene.
The victims’ motorcycle was also recovered at the scene of the attack, which police termed as bizarre.
County police commander Mark Wanjala said they have launched investigations and no arrest had been made.
Police have so far talked to the family of the deceased woman and her workmates as part of the probe into the attack.
Chief Justice Martha Koome said police are investigating the deaths where the senior Court Assistant, as well as a boda boda operator, were killed.

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