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Over 100 Arrested in Riots Following Kenyan Mosque Raid

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Muslims, who were detained by police from Sunday's raid at the Masjid Musa mosque, crowd in a courtroom at Shanzu, a small town along the north coast of Mombasa, on Feb. 3.

By    |   Monday, 03 Feb 2014 06:58 PM

More than 100 people arrested in connection with riots in Mombasa, Kenya appeared in court Monday to face charges of membership in the Somali jihadist organization al-Shabab, the BBC reported.

At least two people, one a police officer, are feared dead after rioting broke out Sunday  when police raided a Mombasa mosque as part of a crackdown on suspected al-Shabab activities in the Kenyan port city.

Sunday’s raid is part of a larger crackdown on the al-Qaida linked radical group following its late September attack on a Nairobi mall in Nairobi which left at least 67 people dead.

During Sunday’s Mombasa raid, youths at the mosque displayed a black flag associated with al-Shabab.

Police say they recovered numerous weapons during the raid, including an AK-47 rifle and numerous daggers, the Daily Nation reported. More than 60 youths had been gathered at the mosque since Friday to hear jihadist sermons when police surrounded the facility.  

Children, some as young as 9 years old, threw stones at police as they ran out of the mosque, with some of the youths taunting the officers as “infidels” and “cowards.”

Police, who said they had been shot at, used teargas and live ammunition to quell the rioting.

Henry Ondieki, a Mombasa County criminal investigative officer, claimed that the mosque had become a radical institution that was “corrupting young people.”

Ondieki said the mosque had become “a base for recruiting Muslim youths to engage in terrorist activities.”

He added: How can you conduct prayers armed with guns, crude weapons, and crude paraphernalia to cause mayhem?”

Other officials said the government would take stern action against those found to be involved in radicalization at Kenyan mosques.

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More than 100 people arrested in connection with riots in Mombasa, Kenya appeared in court Monday to face charges of membership in the Somali jihadist organization al-Shabab, the BBC reported.
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