Four people were killed in Kenya in riots that broke out after gunmen murdered a Muslim preacher associated with an assassinated recruiter for the Somali Islamist group, al-Shabaab, the police and Kenya Red Cross said.
The incident comes as security officials continue a probe into an attack on a shopping mall in the capital, Nairobi, two weeks ago that left 67 people dead, which al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia said it was responsible for organizing.
Sheikh Ibrahim Amor and three others were shot dead when unidentified assailants sprayed their car with bullets near the port city of Mombasa late yesterday, Mombasa county Police Commander Robert Kitur said today by phone.
Security forces fired tear gas today to disperse about 200 people demonstrating in the city’s Majengo area after Friday prayers at Masjid Musa, and the Salvation Army church in the neighborhood was set ablaze. Seven people were injured in the protests, the Kenya Red Cross said on its Twitter feed.
Amor preached at the same Mombasa mosque as Sheikh Aboud Rogo Mohammed, whose murder in August last year in similar circumstances sparked days of riots, Kitur said. Rogo faced sanctions by the U.S. and the United Nations for fundraising and recruiting fighters for al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-linked Somali militant group.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the Sept. 21 attack on the Westgate Mall in the Kenyan capital in which at least 61 civilians and six members of the security forces died.