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Mombasa politicians codemn Mosque raids

17 November 2014, 20:56 Mbung'u Harrsion

Nairobi - Political leaders from Mombasa have said they will engage radical youth in the region, a day after security forces raided Masjid Musa and Shuhadaa mosques killing one suspect.

The leaders led by Mombasa governor Hassan Joho and his counterpart Hassan Omar condemn the attacks terming it as victimization to some innocent youth arrested by police.

"We are not defending criminals what we ask is cooperation amongst ourselves,when perusing any form of criminal one should be intelligence guided,"said Hassan Omar.

One person was killed when security forces raided two Mosques in Mombasa where 251 terror suspects were netted by police in an operation made to fish out radical youths in Mosques.

According to Mombasa Urban Police OCPD Geofrey Mayek, GSU, Anti-Terror squad, Administration and Regular police forces began the operation in the early hours of Monday, targeting the Controversial Masjid Shuhadaa and Sakina mosques both in Majengo Mombasa.

Police have summoned the respective mosque committees to appear before police criminal investigations to table a report on the activities which are conducted in the Mosques.

Read alsoOne dead as police raid radical mosques in Mombasa

“These mosques have been used to hide criminals for a long time ,we appeal to rightful committee members to come nd tell us what has been happening,” said Mahmoud Kassim, the Mombasa county deputy commissioner.

The youths took over two mosques in the county and changed the names of Masjid Musa to Masjid Shuhada and Sakina Mosque to Masjid Mujahidin before police intervention.

The mosques remained shut for the better part of the day as security forces continued with normal operations in the entire Mvita sub county of Mombasa.

Several Islamic preachers have been shot dead in Mombasa in recent months in alleged extra-judicial killings by security forces and power struggles between rival Muslim factions. Churches have also been attacked.

The raid comes at time when Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo had instructed Imams in the mosques to eject radical youths who had forced out some preachers perceived to be sympathizers of the government.

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