File - Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, an influential member of a controversial mosque where two previous mosque leaders were killed under mysterious circumstances, sits in his office in Mombasa, Kenya, Oct. 29, 2013.(AP Photo/Jason Straziuso)
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A prominent Kenyan Islamist, accused by the United States and U.N. Security Council of supporting the Somali militant group al Shabaab, was shot dead on Tuesday, police said.Muslim youths clashed with police for three days in February after a man was killed during a police raid on a mosque used by firebrand preachers.Kenyan police have dismissed Islamist charges that they are to blame for extra-judicial killings. The group said al Hijra was working on behalf of al Shabaab."He became the central figure in terms of al Hijra, in terms of the operations, in terms of relations with al Shabaab," one Western diplomat said of Makaburi. He said Makaburi had become the most high-profile Islamist activist in Kenya after the killing of Islamist cleric Aboud Rogo in August 2012 .
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