Fears for more violence in Kenya

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Kenyan military officers patrol a street in Mombasa, Kenya, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, ahead of arrival of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki to Mombasa to open the Agriculture show. Police maintained tight security after two days of riots and a grenade attack on policemen in Kenya's second-largest city of Mombasa following the killing of a radical Islamic preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed. Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed who was sanctioned by the U.S. and U.N. for his alleged support for an al-Qiada-linked militant group, was shot to death by unknown gunmen Monday morning in his car as he drove family members including his five-year-old daughter who was unharmed. (AP Photo/ Sayyid Azim)

Mombasa, Kenya - Leaders from the across the religious divide have urged Muslims to call off planned protests Friday over the killing of a hardline Islamist preacher whose death sparked deadly riots in Kenya's second largest city.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki also visited Mombasa on Thursday, as an uneasy calm set in following a grenade attack that wounded four police officers the previous night.

On Monday, gunmen shot to death Sheik Aboud Rogo Mohammed, an alleged member of the al-Qaida affiliated Somali militant group, al-Shabab. Riots in the aftermath of the killing left at least four people dead, wounded several others and caused damage to some properties.

The Inter-Faith Council of Clerics Trust asked Muslim clerics to use Friday prayers to preach peace and to ask the faithful not to protest afterward. - Sapa-AP


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