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Messages of alleged curfew cause panic in Mombasa

17 November 2014, 19:00 William Korir

Nairobi - Messages of an alleged curfew in Mombasa have sent the region into panic stations.

The messages have been sent on social media platforms, text messages as well as texting platform Whatsapp, saying that there will be a curfew in the city starting 6 Pm Monday evening.

The curfew, to allegedly be effected by General Service Unit GSU officers is said to have been effected due to rising tensions in the area following the arrests made Monday morning in a mosque in the city, where one youth was killed and over 200 others detained and weapons recovered.

According to police sources, the origin of the message is being sought and arrests will likely be made in the coming hours.

Leaders in Mombasa have come out to quell the rumours, urging residents to be calm.

" Stories that there will be a curfew in Mombasa are totally false, please do not listen to them, they are there to cause panic," Senator Hassan Omar said.

Governor Ali Hassan Joho also called on residents to stay calm.

Read also: One dead as police raid radical mosques in Mombasa 

" Please let us remain calm and be peaceful," he said.

Tension is high in Mombasa after one man was killed Monday as Kenyan security forces raided mosques in the port city of Mombasa searching for weapons and radical supporters of Somalia's Al-Qaeda affiliated Al Shabaab militants, police said.

Security forces began the operation in the early hours of Monday morning, targeting the Masjid Musa and Sakina mosques in Mombasa.

"We had information that the group has been planning an attack, and that is why the raid was conducted," Mombasa police chief Geoffrey Mayek said.

"We have arrested several of them, including six notorious ones," he added.

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