Youths in Mombasa Charged for causing Chaos on Friday.

On Monday eleven youths were charged in court for participating in the violent riots that were experienced in majengo and Kisauni  Mombasa last Friday. The riots followed the cold-blooded murder of Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Ishmael alias Rogo and three other men. Their family members packed the court room as the youth denied unlawfully participating in the violent riots that led to a church torched.

The 11, all from Majengo in Mombasa, are alleged to have been among a group of youths who engaged police in running battles on Friday immediately after the afternoon prayers at Masjid Musa Mosque.

They are accused of disrupting peace within Mombasa town for the better part of the afternoon before they were quelled by police.

They were each freed on a Sh50,000 bond with a surety of a similar amount.Another suspect out on police bail failed to show up and a warrant of arrest was issued against him.

Four of the rioting youth were shot dead after the police, who had cordoned streets around the mosque, shot live bullets at the youth. The youth after they razed a section of the Salvation Army church.The youth are also accused of stabbing at least eight people who were caught unawares by the mob.

Three men arrested with machetes around Mwembe Tayari by the riot police were also charged with preparation to engage in violent robbery.

Police allege Omar Faridi, Mike Wekesa and Emmanuel Wariko, were armed with machetes in circumstances that portrayed they were in the process of carrying out armed robbery.

Sheikh Ishmael, Abrumisa Omar, Gaddafi Mohammed alias Shebe and Issah Abdullah were coming from prayers at the mosque on Thursday night when their vehicle was sprayed with bullets near the Butterfly Pavilion in Bamburi on the Mombasa-Malindi highway.

The cases will be heard on November 26.

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