Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Grenade wounds 16 police officers in Kenya riots

NAIROBI — Angry youths threw a grenade at a Kenyan police truck Tuesday, injuring 16 officers as riots rocked the port city of Mombasa for a second day after the killing of a radical Islamist cleric.

A senior police official said two officers had been critically injured in the grenade attack, which came as police tried to contain protests by hundreds of angry youths who threw stones, damaged cars and chanted slogans in support of slain preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed.

The cleric -- popularly known as Rogo -- was on US and UN sanctions lists for allegedly supporting Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants.

He was killed Monday in Mombasa when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his vehicle as he was driving with his wife and children, leaving it riddled with bullets.

Images released by his supporters showed his bloody corpse slumped behind the wheel. His wife and children reportedly survived the attack.

Furious protests erupted in Mombasa after his death, with one person hacked to death, cars torched, businesses attacked and five churches looted or set on fire.

As the rioting stretched into a second day Tuesday, the Shebab called on Kenyan Muslims to "take all necessary measures" to defend their religion. Read More