Mombasa: Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Wednesday called for the nation to come together to stop religious violence, after two days of deadly rioting sparked by the killing of a radical cleric. (Agencies)
"We are not going to allow outside forces to incite Kenyans to create religious war," Odinga said after flying to the port city of Mombasa, where four people died in street battles that broke out on Monday.
Police said this morning that they had restored calm to the town, after hundreds of angry youths fought running battles with the police -- looting churches, torching cars and attacking a police truck with a grenade -- following the assassination of preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed.
The cleric -- popularly known as Rogo -- was on US and UN sanctions lists for allegedly supporting neighbouring Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants.
Police said two officers wounded in the grenade attack on Tuesday had died overnight, taking the toll of those killed in the blast to three.
Over a dozen other officers were wounded in the attack. One person was also hacked to death in the riots on Monday.
"We have many political enemies but we want to see coexistence among all the communities living in Mombasa," Odinga said, after meeting with religious leaders in the majority-Muslim town, which also has a significant Christian population.
Rogo had fiercely opposed Kenya's invasion of southern Somalia last year to attack Shebab bases. The US and UN had accused him of recruiting and fundraising for the extremist insurgents.
Police said on Wednesday that although they had restored control to Mombasa -- a key port for the wider east Africa region and a major tourist hub -- tensions remained high.
"We do not have any problems this morning.... Even public transport is back to normal business, and shops have been opened," regional police chief Aggrey Adoli said. "We have made adequate deployment for street patrols to maintain peace."
An AFP reporter said police were conducting house-to-house searches looking for suspects, as well as for guns and other weapons.
Foreign embassies -- including those of Australia, Britain, France and the US -- have issued travel warnings for Mombasa, where several large tourist resorts are based.
Mombasa: Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Wednesday called for the nation to come together to stop religious violence, after two days of deadly rioting sparked by the killing of a radical cleric.