Two dead in riots in Mombasa

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Kenya

A Kenyan police officer and a civilian were killed yesterday when rioters hurled a grenade at officers who were trying to quell protests in the port city of Mombasa, police said.

The riots broke out on Monday after gunmen killed a Muslim cleric accused by the United States of helping Islamist militants in Somalia. Many Muslims in Mombasa blame the police, who deny involvement

Police clashed with stone- throwing youths, firing tear gas and warning shots as youths barricaded streets with burning tyres in the predominantly Muslim Majengo area. Mobs marauded around Mombasa’s city centre.

The unrest could knock Kenya’s tourism, as well as trade and transport to its landlocked neighbours. – (Reuters)

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