Riots in Mombasa, Kenya have grown increasingly worse since Aboud Rogo Mohamed was killed. Mohamed was one of the main local Muslim leaders, and his assassination has been blamed on the police, who denied involvement.
Youths in the Muslim areas of the city have barricaded streets and attacked police. On Tuesday, one of the rioters threw a grenade at a police truck, wounding sixteen officers. Several churches have been burned by the rioters, many shops have been looted, unknown numbers have been injured, and at least one person has been killed in the violence.
The Supreme Council of Muslims in Kenya has denounced the violence, distancing themselves from those taking part in it. The council's secretary general, Adan Wachu, said, "This kind of violence goes against our faith. The protesters shouldn't
hide behind Islam or any of its teachings. These are criminals and should be treated as
Some are worried that Al-Shabab is influencing the violence. They are the leading terrorist organization in Somalia. Several African nations are involved in fighting to eliminate them.
Mombasa, which is on the coast, is a key tourist hub for Kenya. The city also supplies neighboring countries with much needed goods.