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Cleric’s killing sparks riots in Kenya

NAIROBI — Gunmen in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa shot and killed a Muslim cleric accused by Washington and the United Nations of supporting Al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia, sparking rioting by youths in which one person died and at least one police car was burned.

The killing of Aboud Rogo on Monday fits into a pattern of extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances of suspected terrorists that is allegedly being orchestrated by Kenyan police, say Kenyan human rights groups.

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Rogo was shot as he drove with his family in Mombasa, said Rogo’s lawyer, Mbugua Mureithi.

Rogo’s killing sparked protests by hundreds of Muslim youths who went on the rampage in Mombasa.

The Muslim Human Rights Forum condemned Rogo’s murder, calling it an ‘‘extrajudicial killing’’ and calling for an ‘‘an end to targeted killings and enforced disappearances of terrorism suspects.’’

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