(Xinhua) -- The Kenyan police on
Thursday banned foreign Muslim preachers from conducting sermons
in Mosques in order to curb rising cases of extremism in the
coastal city of Mombasa.
Mombasa County CID commander
Henry Ondiek said some of the preachers are accused of using
pulpits to radicalize youths and sowing hatred in various
mosques in Majengo, Kisauni, and Likoni districts in Mombasa.
Ondiek said detectives are
looking a Tanzania cleric suspected to be among key leaders.
“We have had incidents where
preachers who across our borders are engaging in violence
sermons in mosques.
"We are on high alert, will not
allow such foreign preachers in our Mosques.
According to intelligence,
Sheikh Ramadhan Juma from Tanzania had early slipped through a
police dragnet when officers raided Masjid Mosque in Majengo
later last year.
The mosque is suspected to have
ties with the Al-Shabaab terror group blamed for being behind
series grenade attacks in the county by funding and recruiting
Muslim youths to join the militant group in Somalia and later
carry out offensives attacks in the country.
“Unconfirmed reports indicate
that Sheikh Juma had sneaked out of the country but we are
looking for him,” Ondeik told journalists in Mombasa.
According to reliable police
sources, Sheikh Juma has allegedly been profiled as having links
with the terror group after he arrived in the country from
He is viewed as the alleged
successor of the slain, Sheikh Ibrahim Ismael, who took over
from another slain cleric Sheikh Aboud Rogo.
The CID commander said police
officers have identified some of the foreign preachers manly
from Tanzania and are being monitored.
He warned that those found of
aiding them will also be arrested.
“We commend the peaceful
coexistence between the interfaith we want the Imam to take full
control of their Mosque and ensure no foreign preachers are
allowed in Mosques and Madrasa,” Ondiek said.
Police have vowed to enforce a
notice barring extremist preaching in Masjid Musa and Sakina
Mosque in Mombasa.
A special team set up to counter
radicalization activities has summoned three prominent business
people accused of funding the extremist youths to plot terror
attacks in the country.
The alleged financier includes
members of board of trustees at Sakina Mosque where radical
youths forceful injected Council of Islamic Preachers of Kenya (CIPK)
imams, Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammed Idris.
“We have summoned and
interrogated key suspects supporting and funding radicalization
with a view of getting evidence of charging them in court,”
Six Mombasa youths were last
week arrested as they attempted to cross into Somalia through
Senior officers leading the
investigation said the six were in constants contact with
suspected Al-Shabaab members in Somalia.
The communication was establish
from mobile phones confiscated from the six.
police commander, Samson Obara said they have contacted officers
from cyber crime unit to assist in apprehend key Al-Shabaab
recruiters in the country.