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BY CORRESPONDENT,MARSABIT,13TH JAN 2018-A move by police to arrest a local religious leader in Marsabit has led to widespread demonstrations from the youth in the town on Saturday with Property of unknown value being destroyed.Sources told WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE that the local sheikh was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Police.
Sheikh Guyo Gorsa was arrested within the town and the youth, most of whom were his madrassa students, followed the sheikh and officers to the police station. But they were driven away by police who chased them out of the police station leading to confrontations.
Among property destroyed in the Millie are KCB Bank and and a Catholic Church whose windows and chairs were broken. guard at the church was also beaten up and injured .
Police officers engaged in running battles with madrassah students and other youth who joined the protest.
According to Marsabit OCS Charles Mwangi who confirmed the incident One protester was arrested at the Catholic Church .
The protesters also harassed a journalist who was covering the protests and destroyed his camera.
On Saturday, police said the sheikh is linked to a network that recruits youths on behalf of Al-Shabaab.
It is not the first time the sheikh is being arrested .In 2014 he was arrested at the Coast over suspicion of radicalising the youth, and was later released. At the It was alleged that he had links to radical groups.