Kenyan Muslim Cleric, Sheik Mohamed Idris Killed By Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab Terrorists
June 10, 2014 – Kenyan Muslim Cleric, Sheik Mohamed Idris Killed By Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab Terrorists
Gunmen in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa on Tuesday shot dead an influential moderate Muslim preacher who was a vocal opponent of the radical preachings of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents, police said.
Mohamed Idris, 64, chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, was shot in the stomach shortly before dawn as he headed to prayers at a mosque, Mombasa police chief Robert Kitur told AFP.
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said it was a drive-by shooting, with unknown gunmen firing from a motorbike.
“They shot him in the abdomen and he was pronounced dead at the hospital,” Marwa said. “He was a pillar of unity among our people, and he has left a vacuum.”
Idris was chairman of a key mosque that was recently taken over radical youths, and according to press reports he had been accused of helping the authorities. The preacher had said he feared for his life.
“There was a power struggle at Sakina mosque — where he was supposed to be installed as a sheikh — between his supporters and another radical group opposed to him,” Kitur added.
Last month several Western nations urged their nationals to avoid all but essential travel to the coastal city of Mombasa, the scene of a string of recent bombings and shootings.
Idris’s death is the latest killing of Muslim leaders in the city, although previous shootings have been of radical leaders accused of backing the Shebab.
[Source: PM Lagos]