In Summary
  • The sheikh was arrested by Anti-Terrorism Police.
  • The youth protested, and broke into a Catholic Church and broke windows and chairs, the destroyed property in the KCB building, looted from shops, burnt a motorcycle and set some buildings on fire.

Property of unknown value was destroyed in Marsabit Town while two people were killed on Saturday after youth demonstrated following the arrest of a local sheikh by the Anti-Terrorism Police.

Sheikh Guyo Gorsa was arrested in the town centre and the youth, most of whom were his madrassa students, followed the sheikh and officers to the police station. But officers later drove them out of the police station.

Police sources confirmed that the Anti-Terrorism Police arrested the sheikh.

Sheikh arretsed in Marsabit.

Police arrest Sheikh Guyo in Marsabit Town on January 13, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY


As they went away, they destroyed property of KCB Bank and stormed into the Catholic Church, where they broke windows and chairs.

They also beat up and injured the guard at the church.

Police officers engaged in running battles with madrassah students and other youth who joined the protest.

One protester was arrested at the Catholic Church, confirmed Marsabit OCS Charles Mwangi.

The protesters also harassed a journalist who was covering the protests and destroyed his camera.

Protest in Marsabit Town.

Property set on fire as a group of youth protests against the arrest of a sheikh in Marsabit Town on January 13, 2018. PHOTO | IRENE MWENDWA | NATION MEDIA GROUP


A spot check by the Nation revealed that more property was destroyed after the youths stormed into people's businesses, looted them and set on fire some buildings and motorcycles.

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