Kenya riots: Violence ‘new trend’ in Mombasa

By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Aug 28th, 2012
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Rioters burn tyres in Kenya’s port city of Mombasa for a second day after the killing of an extremist cleric linked to Al-Qaeda-allied Shebab militants on August 28, 2012. Hundreds of angry youths have reportedly thrown stones, damaged cars after amassing in support of slain preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed near the centre of Mombasa. The cleric, who was shot dead on August 27, 2012 by “unknown people”, according to the police, was on US and UN sanctions lists for allegedly supporting the Shebab, including through recruitment and fundraising. He was driving with his wife and children when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle, leaving it riddled with bullets. AFP

A grenade has been thrown at police in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, reportedly killing two people and wounding 16.

Muslim youths have been involved in running battles with the police since Monday after the murder of radical preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed.

Najib Balala, MP for Mvita, Mombasa, said that the town was a “melting pot for all cultures and communities” and that the violence seen in recent times was a “new trend”.

Speaking to the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme, Mr Balala also criticised the police, saying that not enough was being done to stop those responsible for the unrest.

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