Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Kenyan Police Arrest Youths Over Mosque Takeover

Police in Mombasa arrested at least 14 Muslim youths Thursday evening (December 5th) following unrest at Sakina Jamia mosque, which youths took over on November 29th, Kenya's The Standard reported.

The suspects have not been charged pending a full investigation, but Mombasa County Police Commander Robert Kitur confirmed that a number of them were released without charge and that only ten will be taken to court.

Kitur said the youths in custody were detained for inciting hatred against moderate imams and "spreading radicalism".

He said that police were planning an operation to storm Musa Mosque amid reports that radical Muslims based there are behind the recent attempts by youths to forcefully take over a number of mosques in the city.

Musa Mosque is where cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed used to preach before he was killed in August.

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