Rioters torch church in Mombasa
04 October 2013, 14:44
Mombasa - Rioters set fire to a protestant church in Mombasa on Friday, in furious battles with the police sparked by the killing of a Muslim cleric.
"They have burnt the Salvation Army church and we are now trying to repulse them with tear gas," a senior police officer said.
Witnesses said one protestor was shot and wounded, as paramilitary police moved in to Mombasa's Majengo district.
was shot in the stomach and has been taken to a clinic... he is
bleeding profusely and we just pray for him," said Salim Abdalla, a
It was not clear who fired the shot.
sparked after unknown gunmen killed four people including a popular
Muslim preacher in a drive-by shooting late on Thursday.
cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Ismail was viewed as the successor to Aboud Rogo
Mohammed, a controversial preacher accused of links to Somalia's Al-Shebaab
insurgents, who was himself assassinated in a similar drive-by shooting
in August 2012.
Rogo's killing sparked days of deadly rioting in Mombasa.
in the case of Rogo, radical preachers have said the killing of Ismail
was an "execution" by the police, claims the force has denied.
smoke apparently from burning tyres rose around Mombasa's Masjid Musa
mosque -- where Ismail used to preach -- while police fired tear gas and
youths hurled stones back in return.
An AFP reporter said fire engines were tackling the blaze at the church.
since threatened "rivers of blood" would flow in fresh attacks if Kenya
does not pull its troops out of Somalia.