27 August 2012

Kenya: Controversial Muslim Cleric Shot Dead

Photo: Elkana Jacob/The Star
Controversial cleric Aboud Rogo has been shot dead in a drive-by shooting. Rogo had been accused of of fundraising for al Shabaab activities, facilitating travel of youths from and into Somali, and equipping them with skills on how to avoid detection by the Kenyan police.

Controversial Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo has been shot dead in Mombasa. Rogo was in his car with his family when his assailants shot him in the head. His wife and daughter also sustained injuries. Rogo had recently claimed that unknown people attempted to abduct him in Nairobi. The cleric had recorded a statement at Kamukunji police station that a group of about 10 people had accosted him minutes after he arrived from Mombasa by bus and attempted to abduct him and his co- accused Abubakar Shari Ahmed.

In the statement, the two said they struggled with their would-be abductors before being rescued by members of the public during the incident on River Road. They said they fear for their lives especially after other terror suspects Sheikh Samir Khan and Sheikh Mohammed Kassim were abducted in a similar way and went missing. Khan's body was later found in Tsavo West National Park but Kassim has never been traced.

Rogo is alleged to have introduced Mohammed Kubwa Mohammed to Fazul Abdullah Mohammed who were later indicted by a US court for the 2008 attack on the US Embassy in Nairobi. Rogo was arrested in 2003 and later released after being acquitted of all the charges. He was rearrested in Kilifi and charged with engaging in organised crime as a member of al Shabaab. He was arrested on January 30 in Mombasa and charged with being in possession of illegal firearms, ammunition, hand grenades and detonators.

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