Hundreds of angry youth throwing stones, damaging cars and chanting slogans moved towards the centre of Mombasa, a popular tourist city, an AFP reporter witnessed.
“The riots have started again,” said Khalid Hussein of Muslims for Human Rights, a local organisation.
Preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed, shot dead on Monday by “unknown people” according to the police, was on US and UN sanctions lists for allegedly supporting Somalia’s extremist Shebab insurgents.
Shortly after his death furious protests erupted, with one person on Monday hacked to death, cars set on fire and several churches looted.
The cleric — popularly known as Rogo — was the spiritual leader of the Muslim Youth Center (MYC), a group viewed as a close ally of the extremist Shebab.
The Islamist group blamed the authorities for the murder of the preacher, but police have dismissed the claim and say they are hunting the killers.
“Our beloved Sheikh Aboud Rogo… was murdered by the kuffar (unbeliever) as part of Kenya‘s policy of extra-judicial killings against prominent Muslim activists,” the MYC said in a statement Tuesday.
Rogo was placed on a US sanctions list in July for “engaging in acts that directly or indirectly threaten the peace, security or stability of Somalia”, specifically for recruiting and fundraising for the hardline Shebab.
The United Nations Security Council placed a travel ban and asset freeze on the cleric in July, saying he had provided “financial, material, logistical or technical support to Al-Shebab”.
The MYC condemned the killing as an “act of barbarity” and warned that they “hold the Kenyan authorities responsible for this targeted assassination.”