MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
At least four people were stabbed to
death on Monday night by suspected radical Muslim youth
protesting police raids on two mosques in the coastal city of
Mombasa, the police said on Tuesday.
police commander Richard Ngatia said the radical youth who armed
with crude weapons stabbed the four to death and injured several
others who are now receiving treatment at a private hospital in
Ngatia said more than 20 youth have been arrested,
following the skirmishes which followed security raid on
Masjid Shuhaad and Sakina early Monday.
"We have contained the situation and managed to arrest
"We have deployed enough police personnel to restore law
and order in the area," Ngatia told Xinhua by telephone.
The local police commander said anti riot police officers
were able to disperse the youth who attacked motorist and
He said they are yet to establish the number of people who
were killed during the riots by the youth.
According to the police, one person said to be a pastor died
on the spot after he was stabbed in the neck by one member of
the rowdy youth on Monday night.
Sources at the scene said three other bodies were removed by
The police will release the latest death toll later on
The latest incident comes after one man was shot dead
during the raid on Monday after he attempted to hurl a hand
grenade at police officers during the raid on the two
mosques which the police said are being used to store crude
During the raid, the police recovered a pistol, eight
grenades and a flag associated with Al-Shabaab at the
mosques and other dangerous weapons.
Meanwhile, one of the youth suspected to be behind the series
of killings in Mombasa, whose photos were released by the
police, surrendered himself to the authorities.
The National Intelligence Service has warned of more
attacks by homegrown terror groups, who have been blamed for
the killing of moderate Muslims and perceived state
informers in Mombasa County.
The latest report warns of more violent extremist attacks
by well-trained and dangerous Al-Shabaab returnees who live
in Kisauni and Majengo residential estates in Mombasa.
The latest incident comes in the wake of increase cases of
radicalization of Muslim youths in the coastal region.
The police said they are monitoring the radicalised youths
implicated in several attacks including killing of Muslim