The police in Kenya on Monday, November 17, 2014 shot dead one and arrested 250 others after a raid on two mosques in Mombasa, Reuters reports.
The raid was aimed at curbing militant networks blamed for attacks in the country, with the police saying the city has been used to reruit militants and stash weapons.
“These mosques have been notorious for radicalizing our youth and recruiting them into al Shabaab,” Nelson Marwa, the commissioner for Mombasa County said.
The police availed that about 251 youths camping and receiving training in Mussa and Sakina mosques were apprehended. They added that one of the men was shot dead after he attempted to throw a grenade at officers.
Mombasa police chief, Geoffrey Mayek told newsmen that eight grenades, a pistol, six bullets, machetes, daggers, mobiles and laptops, alongside literature and videos on warfare were discovered at the mosques.