4 shut Mombasa mosques to re-open Thursday

November 26, 2014 4:06 pm
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Reports from the seaside city said the Masjid Musa, Sakina, Swafaa and Mina mosques would be handed over to the Muslim community on Thursday/FILE
Reports from the seaside city said the Masjid Musa, Sakina, Swafaa and Mina mosques would be handed over to the Muslim community on Thursday/FILE
MOMBASA, Kenya, Nov 26 – Four mosques that were shut down in Mombasa during a crackdown against radicalisation of Muslim youths will be re-opened.

Reports from the seaside city said the Masjid Musa, Sakina, Swafaa and Mina mosques would be handed over to the Muslim community on Thursday.

“The four mosques will be managed by community leaders in respective areas,” Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said after talks between top security agencies and Muslim leaders.

Police believed the four mosques were being used to radicalise youth to join the Al Shabaab terror group.

Joho warned radical youths who might attempt to interfere with management of the mosques that they would be dealt with individually.

He urged Muslim faithful to resume prayers in their respective mosques without any fear and normal schedule of congregation prayers resumes effective Thursday Dhuhr.

Top security chief led by Mombasa County Police Commander Robert Kitur, SUPKEM and CIPK officials were among those who attended the meeting.

Police raided the mosques and recovered ammunition including grenades, pistols, petrol bombs and bomb making materials.

The raids sparked protests that led to the deaths of four people and left many more injured.

The situation at the coastal city has remained volatile.

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