The Star (Nairobi)

3 February 2014

Kenya: Police Contain Fresh Mombasa Riots

Photo: Bosire Boniface/Sabahi
Police made numerous arrests at the Masjid Mussa mosque.

Police have contained fresh riots by Muslim youths in Masjid Musa in Majengo Slums, Mombasa today.

The youths had barricades the street along the slum and were stoning vehicles before they were contained by police. They were demanding the release of Muslim youths who were arrested during fighting after police stormed a meeting in Masjid Msa Mosque believed to be a recruitment for AL Shabaab.

Thirty youths were arrested following the fighting in which two people including which two people including a General Service Unit officer and a Muslim youth were killed.

Meanwhile, Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar has said yesterday's attack on Masjid Musa by police was "unwarranted and unjustified"

"We as leaders shall never legitimize or accept on any of our citizens for whatever justification. We do not share in and strongly rejected the excesses of government in dealing with the so-called extremism and radicalization of Muslim youth. Strategies of the government only lead to further anger and achieve the opposite " the Mombasa Senator said.

He further said that media reports of closure of some Mosques, if true, are acts of provocation adding that he strongly opposes the move.

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