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Lobby groups want Sheikh attackers arrested

17 March 2014, 17:29

Mombasa - Two Muslim lobby groups in the coast want the police to investigate and arrest the attackers of Muslim teacher and preacher Sheikh Ali Bahero.

The groups, Kenya Muslim National advisory council and Haki Africa want the youth who assaulted Bahero to be brought to book.

Haki Africa executive director Hussein Khalid said it is illegal to attack someone because of their views or opinion on religion. Bahero is suspected to have been assaulted by radicalized Muslim youths from the controversial Masjid Musa, now Masjid Shuhadaa.

He said police should conduct thorough investigations instead of speculating on the incidence.

“It’s not right for anyone to attack another person just because they have different opinion over something, be it religion or any other matter,” he said.

The youth in Majengo Mombasa Mombasa county have reported been accused of participating in extremist teachings and attacking churches.

“It is true we have received complaints from sheikhs and imams who have been threatened because of their stance on religion and for opposing radicalization,” added Khalid.

On his side the Kenya Muslin National advisory council sheikh Juma Ngao said the police should investigate, arrest and take to court those who were involved in the attack.

Reports indicate that radicalised youth in Mombasa are said to be attacking Muslim leaders opposed to radicalization and extremism.

The move comes as the government and area leaders look forward to engage and look for an amicable solution.

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