80 youths due in court over Mombasa Sunday protest

November 10, 2014 8:19 am
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Guti was shot dead on Saturday by unknown people within Majengo area in Mombasa/FILE
Guti was shot dead on Saturday by unknown people within Majengo area in Mombasa/FILE
MOMBASA, Kenya, Nov 10 – More than 80 youths were due in court on Monday over Sunday’s protest that led to death of one person.

The victim was stabbed with a knife.

Mombasa Central Police Chief Geoffrey Mayek says the youths were arrested after barricading roads, attacking motorists and passersby in Majengo, to avenge the killing of terror suspect Hassan Guti.

Five people are still admitted to the Coast Provincial Hospital with knife injuries and fractures following the protest.

Guti was shot dead on Saturday by unknown people within Majengo.

He was shot four times by assailants who escaped in an unmarked vehicle and was pronounced dead while undergoing treatment at a private hospital. The wife sustained minor bullet wounds.

According to police, Guti was believed to be among youths linked to terror cells in the coastal city of Mombasa and was facing a murder charge in court.

However, human rights group, Haki Africa CEO Hussein Khalid says the killing of Guti, who was with his wife and a young lady during the attack, should be termed as an extra judiciary killing.

He has called on the government to investigate and apprehend people behind the senseless killings.

“No one is safe. We want to be guaranteed our security. People who are doing this know that they can get away with murder like this,” Khalid complained.

On Tuesday last week, gunmen killed a prominent moderate Imam in Likoni, adding to the growing list of clerics who have been executed at the Coast and whose murders remain unresolved.

Police said Salim Bakari, the Imam of Bilaal bin Rabaah Mosque in Likoni was shot three times in the stomach by unknown gunmen.

The cleric was attacked as he stepped out of his house to attend evening prayers.

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