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17 April 2024

Kenya police crack down over Muslim protests

Kenya Muslim Human Rights Forum leader Al Amin Kimathi was arrested after his group organised the Friday protests. (AP)


Kenyan police detained 300 Somali immigrants and a leading Muslim activist yesterday as tension mounted between the authorities and the nation's Muslim minority following a deadly protest last week.

As the government scrambled to find countries willing to take in hardline Jamaican preacher Abdullah Al Faisal, whose botched deportation sparked the unrest, police vowed to deal firmly with a new protest planned on Friday.

The elite paramilitary General Service Unit and the anti-terrorism police raided Nairobi's Eastleigh neighbourhood late Sunday and detained 300 people said to be illegal Somali immigrants.

"Those arrested are in the country illegally, they had no valid documents," a senior police officer said. "They are being detained in various police stations."


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