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Businesses in Kenyan city reopen after riots over Islamist's death

Published: Sunday, Sept. 2 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

MOMBASA, Kenya — Businesses reopened Wednesday in most parts of Mombasa after youths rioted for two days, angered over the killing of a hardline Muslim cleric.

The rioting on Monday and Tuesday had brought this vibrant city, Kenya's second-biggest, to a near standstill, left four people dead and several churches and businesses damaged.

Police reinforcements helped contain attempts by youths from the populous Majengo area to continue with the protests for a third day.

The disturbances broke out as a response to the killing of Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed, who had been sanctioned by the U.S. and U.N. for his alleged support for al-Shabab, an al-Qiada-linked militant group in Somalia. He was shot to death by unidentified gunmen Monday morning as he drove in his car with his family.