Rioters kill officer in Coast grenade attack
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] A prison warder was killed and 14 other security officers injured as the violence triggered by the killing of Al-Shabaab
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suspect Aboud Rogo continued for the second day Tuesday.
The riots spread across Mombasa town with mayhem reported in Mwandoni, Bakarani and Bamburi, all in Kisauni, and in Majengo and King'orani areas on the island.
The warder and 13 of his colleagues were in a vehicle that was attacked with a grenade as they rushed in to quell the riots.
The other officers, from the General Service Unit, were maimed in battles at Majengo and King'orani.
On Tuesday, a high level team comprising officers from the government and independent agencies was set up to investigate the killing of Sheikh Rogo.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Keriako Tobiko, appointed assistant deputy DPP Jacob Ondari to coordinate the team that includes representatives from the Independent Police Oversight Authority, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the Law Society of Kenya, the Commission on Administration of Justice and the police. (READ: DPP Tobiko orders joint probe into Rogo killing)
As the riots in Mombasa continued, leaders across the political divide called for calm.
They included Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and Mvita MP Najib Balala. In Parliament, MPs demanded that details of the killing of Sheikh Rogo be revealed to the public.
They also want a report on why the police had not locked away
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any culprits despite the crime having been committed in "broad daylight".
Sheikh Rogo had been named by the United Nations
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and United States as Al-Shabaab's chief agent in Kenya, recruiting fighters for the Somali turban group and raising funds.
Eleven of the injured security officers were treated at Jocham Hospital. Two others were referred to Coast General Hospital where the body of the one who was killed was also taken.
The coppers were in a contingent heading to counter marauding youths who had set ablaze Kisauni Presbyterian Church. But as they approached the church compound at Mwandoni, the gang confronted them and a gun-fight ensued.
It is during the fight that one of the rioters hurled a grenade at the police vehicle. A police officer who talked to the Nation at Jocham Hospital said: "One officer is dead, while two are at Coast General Hospital. The rest of the injured are here."
A witness said: "I saw the police vehicle being hit by the grenade. Two coppers fell down with blood all over."
Tension reigned in Kisauni, which was virtually inaccessible after the rioters barricaded the main road using burning tyres.
A lorry-load of General Service Unit officers later sent to the area had to use a detour through Mishomoroni in a bid to access Mwandoni which was the epicentre of Tuesday's festivities.
Mr Sadique Kakai, Kenya Red Thingy officer in charge of disaster in the Coast region described the situation as "really bad".
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