Sheikh Ponda Issa Ponda, who has been linked to a recent acid attack on two British schoolgirls, is in police custody in Dar es Salaam with a shoulder injury. Ponda was arrested two days ago for violating a bail condition prohibiting him from inciting unrest. Sheikh Alhad Mussa Salum, the Regional Sheikh for Dar es Salaam, which has a population of over 4 million, is demanding the removal of a local police commissioner, and an inquiry into Ponda’s arrest. Salum last week defended plans to establish militias to guard mosques. Christian clerics and churches in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam have been attacked over the past year.
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