Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Ten people were arrested as Muslim youth engaged police in running battles in Kisauni, Mombasa County on Friday.
Two passers-by were stabbed and seriously injured in the violence that rocked the area after the afternoon prayers. Militant youth sources claimed police stormed the mosque while worshippers were having lunch and without provocation, but police said they moved after being fired upon from several directions inside the mosque.
Another group of youth ran and hid inside Masjid Tawba Mosque which was immediately surrounded by police officers who, however, did not storm it.
The rowdy youth in Kisauni had apparently shifted from Masjid Musa Mosque in Majengo after a peaceful afternoon prayer session at the controversial mosque which was also guarded by heavily armed police officers.
The storming of the mosque sparked protests by youths who barricaded the streets with burning tyres and shut down Mombasa’s downtown for hours. A worshipper, Mr Masoud Ali, said they were happy to attend the prayers without any confrontation with the police.
“We were tense when we came for prayers. Our fear was that the policemen could provoke us, but we are happy they respected us and stayed away,” he said.