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Calm returns to Mombasa after day of riots

Saturday, October 05, 2013 - 01:32

Oct. 5 - A day after rioting rocked Mombasa, following the killing of a Muslim cleric, calm returns to the city, but supporters of the slain imam say Kenyan security forces are behind the death. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Calm returns to Kenya's main port city of Mombasa Saturday a day after Muslim youths set fire to a church and clashed with police, leaving at least four people dead, following the killing of an Islamic cleric. The Salvation Army church was torched and the main road into the city was blocked after the fatal shooting of Sheikh Ibrahim Omar Thursday night. Sheikh Omar has been linked to the Somali al Shabaab group, which claimed responsibility for last month's assault on the Westgate shopping center. The imam was shot on the outskirts of Mombasa close to where another firebrand cleric, was killed last year in a strikingly similar attack. His supporters say they believe Kenyan security forces are behind the deaths. SOUNDBITE: MUSLIM CLERIC, SHEIKH ABUBAKAR SHARIFF, SAYING: "Whoever is a threat or whoever who has a certain way of thinking or whoever is against the invasion of Somalia, they have a list and they get eliminated. So it's not only me, it's not Ibrahim, it's anybody who has certain thoughts and this has started a long time ago by disappearances, by the killing of terror suspects. So this thing has been going on for a long time." The September assault on the Westgate mall was the worst militant strike on Kenyan soil since al Qaeda bombed the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998. The raid shocked Kenyans and the world and has raised questions over intelligence failures.

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Calm returns to Mombasa after day of riots

Saturday, October 05, 2013 - 01:32