Two prominent Muslim clerics killed by Kenyan police in Mandera
Mogadishu (Harar24) – In a state of fury hundreds of protesters gathered yesterday in the town of Mandera displaying their outrage at the murder of two prominent Muslim clerics by Kenyan police in the outskirts of the town the night before.
Sheikh Hasan Husein known as Sheikh “Black” and another unnamed cleric were killed as their car was ambushed by the Kenyan police on the outskirts of Mandera, in the North Eastern Province of Kenya, according to officials. The Kenyan police justified the ambush by stating that the two men belonged to the Islamist Al-Shabaab movement, while further claiming that they had discovered hand grenades in their car.
However, the claims were strongly denied by the residents and prominent clerics in the town, who accused the Kenyan police of attempting to cover up their crime. They further added that the two clerics had no links with Al-Shabaab whatsoever, in contrast to the claims of the Kenyan police.
Sheikh Ahmed Hasan Mursal, head of the union of Muslim clerics in Mandera, who commented on the killings of the clerics during their funeral, which was attended by thousands, said the killings of the two clerics were unjustified, unlawful and a crime against the Muslims of Mandera. “These two well respected clerics were our brothers, they were known for educating the community in the Islamic faith, we had known them for a long time and they had no connections to Al-Shabaab at all. Their murder at the hands of the police is a horrendous crime, with no justification whatsoever” said Sheikh Ahmed Mursal, while speaking at the funeral.
Numerous Muslim clerics have been murdered in Kenya in recent times, especially in the coastal town of Mombasa, with residents accusing the Kenyan government of being behind the assassinations of the clerics.