SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – One man was killed early Monday as Kenyan police raided two mosques allegedly controlled by radical youths in Mombasa as worshippers held morning prayers, officials said. Mombasa police Officer Geoffrey Mayek said the raid of the Musa and Sakina mosques was prompted by reports that weapons were stored at the sites and the youths were planning terror attacks.
Mayek said a 20-year-old man was shot dead by police during the raid in the Musa mosque after he tried to throw a grenade at officers, the French news agency AFP reported.
“We have been receiving information that there are a number of firearms and grenades, which are hidden inside Sakina and Musa mosque,” Mayek said. “So we planned for an operation last night in Sakina mosque, we recovered three hand grenades and one pistol with a six rounds of ammunition. In Musa mosque we recovered five grenades and some pangas [machetes] and knives.”
Mayek said they also arrested 251 youths. The investigation is ongoing, he added.