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Government declares war on radical youth in Mombasa

11 November 2014, 09:45 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - The fight against terror networks in Mombasa has taken a different direction after security apparatus in the area pledged to fish out all radical networks of youth who hide in Mosques and who have been terrorizing citizens.

Mombasa has been hit by a spate of extrajudicial killings with the police bearing the blame for failing to contain the situation.

While addressing a press briefing at the County commissioner's office, top security chiefs jointly pledged to fish out radical youth and their financiers as it is alleged that some senior people and local NGOs have been involved in the rising insecurity.

Mombasa County commander said the police have netted 103 suspects in connection with the Sunday attack where David Munga, a polytechnic lecturer, was stabbed to death by rowdy youth.

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“There is a wide range of terrorist networks in town. We are going to fish them out from the mosques where we are informed they hide after committing criminal activities. We will not let anyone destroy our peace," said Kitur, the Mombasa County commander.

Radical youth on Sunday barricaded parts of Mwembe Tayari and Majengo armed with knives and pangas, attacking people indiscriminately protesting the killing of Mohammed Gutti who was buried at Kikowani cemetery on Sunday.

Mombasa County Commissioner, Nelson Marwa however ordered the arrest of senior officials of a local NGO who have allegedly been funding and inciting youth to cause chaos in Mombasa.

Marwa wants the Muslim for Human Rights (MUHURI) lobby group to explain how it conducts its activism programs in the Coastal region.

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"We want MUHURI to come out and explain whether the money they spend is for undermining the government,” said Marwa.

Marwa told all deputy County Commissioners to ensure security is beefed up in the entire Mombasa County to ensure a safe County for investment. So far, 34 people including police have been killed in questionable incidents in Mombasa.

“You cannot use mosques as a hideout to attack the government. Even if you get into the mosques we will fish you out,” Marwa added.

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