Friday, August 31, 2012
Kenyan security forces patrolled the riot-hit streets of Mombasa on
Friday as Muslims held the main weekly prayers, with streets calm but
police reporting they were ready “for anything.”
Authorities insist security has been restored after days of deadly
protests broke out following the assassination of radical Muslim cleric
Aboud Rogo Mohammed on Monday.
“Everything is under control. We have not had any reports of planned
protests after the prayers, but we are prepared for anything,” said
regional police chief Aggrey Adoli.
For two days, angry youths fought running battles with police,
looting churches and torching cars, while two grenades were hurled at
police trucks in two separate attacks, killing three officers and
wounding over a dozen.
“We have not had any incidences since Wednesday night,” said Red Cross official Sadik Kakai.
Anti-riot police on Friday had blocked off several areas to vehicles, residents said.
“Streets in the Majengo area have been cut off…. There is some kind
of curfew going on. There are people who spent the whole of Thursday
indoors,” said Juma Kijipwe, a trader who owns a phone shop.
Foreign embassies — including those of Australia, Britain, France and
the United States — have issued travel warnings for Mombasa, where
several large tourist resorts are based.
The murdered cleric — popularly known as Rogo — was on US and UN
sanctions lists for allegedly supporting neighbouring Somalia’s
Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab militants.
Rogo had fiercely opposed Kenya’s invasion of southern Somalia last
year to attack Shabaab bases. The United States and United Nations had
accused him of recruiting and fundraising for the extremist insurgents.