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UPDATE - (from Saddique Shaban, journalist, Nairobi) Two more people have been killed and several others injured in the coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya as protests about the killing of Islamic cleric Sheikh Aboud Rogo degenerated into running battles pitting protesters and police. A grenade hurled at a group of policemen on patrol killed two officers in Kisauni, with the Kenya Red Cross reporting 14 injuries with gunshot and shrapnel wounds from the grenade.
Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga has condemned the violence and said the government, through the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, has already launched investigation into the murder of the controversial cleric.
“The killing is a most heinous act. On behalf of the government, I condemn the killing. Assassination is not acceptable by the government. We will not accept wanton killing of innocent Kenyans. Even if one is suspected of a crime, the law should be followed. We cannot run the country by rule of the jungle” said Mr Odinga in a statement.
The Kenya police has largely managed to contain the situation on the second day, with more reinforcement coming in from other parts of the province. Earlier in the day, they used rubber bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse the mob, with unconfirmed reports saying live ammunition were used in Majengo, the epicenter of the riots.
More than 15 people were have been arrested after the protests and are expected to appear in court this week.
UPDATE - Two policemen were feared dead after youth protesting the killing of fiery preacher Aboud Rogo hurled a grenade at a contingent of the officers in Kisauni, Mombasa.
Riots have broken out in the Kenyan port of Mombasa after a controversial Islamic cleric was shot dead.
Kenyan anti-riot police fired teargas at stone-throwing youths a day after the murder of the Islamic cleric, which led to riots that left one person dead.
Aboud Rogo Mohammed was suspected of being a key recruiter for Kenyan Muslims fighting in Somalia.
Twelve people have been arrested. The Nation newspaper reported that ten people were bundled into a police van at Majengo area while two others were taken into custody near Msikiti Musa in the restive town.
Somalia militia Al-Shabaab called on Kenyan Muslims to "take all necessary measures" to protect their religion.
"Muslims must take the matter into their own hands, stand united against the kuffar (unbelievers) and take all necessary measures to protect their religion, their honour, their property and their lives from the enemies of Islam," the Shabaab said in a statement.