15 March 2014

Kenya: Police Searching for Kisauni Cleric Attackers

Photo: Norbert Allen/The Star
Police officers patrol along Majengo area near Masjid Musa mosque where youth attacked a Muslim cleric (file photo).

POLICE are yet to make any arrest in connection with the attack on a Muslim cleric by radical Muslim youth on Thursday morning. Sheikh Ali Bahero, the imam at Masjid Rahma in Bakarani, Kisauni constituency, was attacked near the controversial Masjid Musa in Majengo, which was recently renamed Majid Shuhadaa.

Bahero was confronted at Gateway Academy, where he teaches Islamic Religion Education, by youth armed with knives and stones. He was stabbed several times in the head before being rescued by moderate Muslims who took him to Jocham Hospital. Bahero was admitted at the ICU.

Gateway Academy principal was also injured during the 8.30am incident. Mombasa police boss Geoffrey Mayek said Bahero was accused of being a "traitor" and going against extreme Islamic teachings.

"He was assaulted by radical Muslim youth for teaching different Islamic ideologies. He was seriously injured and we have launched investigation into the incident," Mayek said on Thursday. By yesterday morning, the family had not made any official complaint to the police and refused to talk to the media.

"We are meeting before we issue a statement to the media. This issue is very sensitive and must be handled with care," said a relative. Mayek said detectives are profiling the youth to establish whether they are associated with the Masjid Shuhadaa.

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