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Football fans defy Mombasa terror attacks to attend matches

25 March 2014, 13:39

Nairobi - Football fans in Mombasa defied terror attacks in the coastal city to attend a match despite warnings by police over gatherings.

The south coast provincial zone B match between FC Shells and visiting Miritini Combined was played despite Sunday’s  terrorist attack in Likoni.
Six people including a pastor have so far died after Unknown gunmen stormed Joy of Hope church in Likoni and sprayed bullets on the congregation during last Sundays service.
Security concerns had been raised after the incident but that did not deter the enthusiastic teams from taking the field.
" Tension was palpable and there was a heavy presence of security officers. Armed police officers kept vigilant at the match venue throughout the game. They later advised the players to don their uniforms for their safety as they went home, said match commissioner Diona Demba.
FC Shells massacred Miritini Combined 5-0 to move to the podium position in the ten team zone B  log.

Mombasa has lately been hit by a spate of terror attacks, which have centred on religious places as well as public gatherings and installations.

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