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Grisly Murders Shock Kenya Muslims

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By Hassan Isilow

NAIROBI – Kenyan Muslims are up in arms with their government following the sudden death of two Muslim activists, who had been arrested by people believed to be state security operatives.

“We are demanding that the Kenyan government immediately institutes an independent probe into the abductions and killing of Muslim activists,” Al-Amin Kimathi, chairperson of the Muslim Human Rights Forum said in a press release obtained by

According to Al-Amin, two Muslim activists were abducted by suspected police officers while traveling in a taxi in the port city of Mombasa.

“Samir Hashim Khan and Mohamed Kassim Bekhit, were bundled into two separate Toyota Probox station wagon cars which sped off after creating a loud commotion as a crowd gathered around the scene in broad daylight at 11 am,” he said.

Police denied arresting the pair when relatives and friends sought to ask about their fate.

But to the shock of the Muslim community, the two activists were later found dead.

Khan’s mutilated body was found in thickets off the Mombasa-Nairobi highway in Tsavo national park.

According to Al-Amin, Khan had recently had brushes with the anti-terrorism police unit (ATPU).

The Muslim activist had been arrested by the ATPU in 2010 and charged with illegal possession of dangerous weapons.

Al-Amin said Khan’s case was still pending in Mombasa when he was killed.

The remains of Bekhit, a blind man from Kibera in Nairobi, had also been found after his abduction, the Kenyan media reported last week.

Prior to his abduction in Mombasa, Bekhit had been kidnapped three weeks ago outside Nairobi’s Jamia Mosque by men who manhandled him into a waiting car and drove him around the city and questioned him for alleged motor vehicle theft.

The men believed to be state security operatives later dumped the activist in the outskirts of the city with warnings that they were “not through with him.”

What For?

The Muslim Human Rights Forum of Kenya (MHRF) has demanded an explanation from the commissioner of police and the commandant of the anti-terrorism police unit on the killing of the two Muslim activists.

Kenyan Muslims accuse the government of stifling their community and abducting their leaders.

In 2010, the Kenyan government arrested and renditioned 13 Kenyan Muslims to Uganda on allegations that they were involved in deadly attacks in Kampala.

Sheikh Abdullahi Salat, of the Supreme council of Kenya Muslims, ha said the Kenyan government erred in renditioning its citizens to another state.

Al-Amin himself was arrested in Uganda and kept in solitary confinement for 10 months when he tried to intervene to know the fate of renditioned Muslims.

There are nearly ten million Muslims in Kenya, which has a population of 36 million.
Muslims make up nearly 98 percent of the communities of the North Eastern Province.

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Written by africawitness

May 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Posted in Xenophobia

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