Kenyan ‘al-Shabab recruiter’ Killed

Abubakar Shariff Ahmed was known by his nickname Makaburi meaning "Graveyard" in Swahili
Abubakar Shariff Ahmed was known by his nickname Makaburi meaning “Graveyard” in Swahili

A radical Muslim cleric in Kenya, Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, has been shot dead outside the coastal city of Mombasa, police and witnesses say.

His corpse lay on a road with what appeared to be wounds to the head and body, Reuters news agency reports. It is not yet known who killed the cleric.

Mr Shariff, known as Makaburi, had been listed by the UN as a recruiter for the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group.

He is the third Muslim cleric to be killed in Mombasa since 2012.

Riots broke out in parts of the city as news of the cleric’s killing spread.

Police fired into the air to push back furious supporters of Mr Shariff, as his family arrived to identify the body, eyewitnesses said.

The UN Security Council had sanctioned the cleric as “a leading facilitator and recruiter of young Kenyan Muslims for violent militant activity in Somalia”.

He always denied recruiting for al-Shabab, or calling on his followers to travel to Somalia to fight.

BBC

Enable Notifications    OK No thanks