129 youths held over Mombasa violence in Kenya

On Sunday, police surrounded and entered the area's Masjid Musa Mosque to flush out hundreds of youths they believed to be holding a "jihad convention" - a recruitment forum for Al Shabaab.

129 youths held over Mombasa violence in Kenya

World Bulletin / News Desk

Police in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa are holding 129 people following Sunday's violence which left at least three people dead.

They have been remanded at Shimo La Tewa Prison for five days after being charged with violence and possession of weapons.

Four of those detained - among them youths younger than 18 - could not appear in court as they were hospitalized with severe injuries sustained during the violent clash with police.

On Sunday, police surrounded and entered the area's Masjid Musa Mosque to flush out hundreds of youths they believed to be holding a "jihad convention" - a recruitment forum for Al Shabaab.

The youths clashed with police, leading to running battles that lasted more than three hours.

Two youths and one police officer died during the violence.

Local leaders condemned police for violently dispersing the youths, and for entering the mosque in shoes.

Government officials, led by the Mombasa District Commissioner, met local leaders Monday, threatening to close mosques associated with militantcy unless leaders stop such acts of violence.

Police have claimed the youths were armed with various weapons, including an AK47, adding that one of the youths snatched a gun from a police officer.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack on Kenya's premier shopping mall in which dozens of civilians were killed last year. 

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