Kenya police shot dead on Sunday morning two terror suspects feared to be plotting attacks in the country’s popular coastal tourist city Mombasa.
Shooting broke out when police raided a house in the Majengo suburbs of Mombasa, Kenya's main port, after receiving a tip from a suspect arrested on Saturday, reported Agence France-Presse.
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"We killed one suspect in the house and the one we were holding when he tried to run away," deputy regional police chief John Gachomo told reporters, according to AFP, adding that officers were still searching for several other suspects who had fled the scene.
Reuters reported that one of the suspects killed was a Muslim cleric suspected of having ties to Somalia's al Shabaab militants. Police said a man arrested on Saturday carrying grenades on a bus to Mombasa had led them to the house. He was the second suspect killed by gunfire during the raid.
Angry residents of the Majengo suburbs have accused the anti-terror police of extrajudicial killing, according to PressTV.
"I strongly condemn what the police did to one of our neighbors who was seriously beaten and tortured before he was killed,” said Salim Mohamed, a resident of Majengo.
Kenya has heightened its security on its border with Somalia because of a series of grenade attacks that have hit the African country over the past months that are being blamed on revenge-seeking militant groups from the neighboring country.