Grenades and other arms that were recovered from two mosques in Mombasa in a police raid where 251 suspects were arrested, Nov 17 2014. LABAN WALLOGA
Three people were killed and several others injured on Monday night night as marauding youths armed with knives, machetes and crude weapons attacked residents in Kisauni, Mombasa County.
The youth, aged between 15 and 25 years and who were shouting religious chants, indiscriminately attacked passers-by and motorists, causing havoc along the Old Malindi road towards Bamburi.
By Monday night, there were three bodies of victims from the Kisauni chaos at the Coast Provincial General Hospital.
Forty-two year old Joshua Muteti was hacked to death while at the Mtopanga Post Office stage where he had gone to see off friends who had earlier visited his home.
A group of about 12 hooded young men attacked him as his wife and three other visitors scampered for safety.
“They slashed my brother several times on the left arm and head as his wife watched from a close distance. He bled and died on the spot as the gang advanced to other areas,” Mr Abubakar Omar told the Nation while at the hospital where the body of his brother was taken.
He said the youth had their faces covered and carried a black flag and were chanting "Takbir Allahu Akbar".
He added that his brother, a casual labourer, had been ailing and his friends had just paid him a visit before he met his attackers.
“He told his wife there was no need for her to cry since they had already prayed for him, asking her to let him rest in peace before he died,” Mr Omar said.
Another victim was attacked at around 8.30pm at his shop in Barsheba.
According to a close relative, Fadhili Juma Yuyu was stabbed twice in the chest while trying to close his shop when the rowdy youth got him.
“He was stabbed after he tried restraining the youth from looting from his shop,” said the relative. He was rushed to Sayyida Fatimah Hospital where he died.
The Monday night attacks came just hours after police arrested 251 youths from two mosques during an early morning security operation, in which one person was shot dead.
Police said they recovered an assortment of arms were recovered in the raid, including six hand grenades, two pistols and six rounds of ammunition, machetes, swords and knives and gunpowder during the raid.