Kenyan security forces on Wednesday carried out fresh raids on a mosque in the port city of Mombasa searching for weapons and supporters of Somalia’s Shebab militants, police said.
Grenades, ammunition and petrol bombs were seized in the raid on the Swafaa mosque, the third to be searched since Monday in the tense city, officers said.
“We conducted a security operation,” local police chief Richard Ngatia said, adding that “weapons were seized” but that the operation was ongoing.
Dozens of people were arrested, adding to more than 250 arrested on Monday.
Security forces cordoned off streets around the mosque and soldiers patrolled the Kisuani district of the city, east Africa’s main port, an AFP reporter said.
It comes just two days after police raided and closed the Musa and Sakina mosques in the same city in a search for weapons and radical supporters of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab.
Police seized hand grenades and a pistol, and arrested more than 250 people. Black Islamist flags, such as those flown by the Shebab, were also found.
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