Divisional police Commander Julius Wanjohi said over 50 members of the MRC had planned to attack the police station but the security officers repulsed them.
“We gunned down three MRC members early today in Bombululu Area in Mombasa.” He said.
“They may have been…planning to cause trouble ahead of the elections, but they had better not try it because we are prepared for them.” He added.
With a national election due next year, the first since a disputed 2007 vote, police say they are concerned about rising violence by the MRC, campaigning for secession in the trade hub and popular tourist destination.
The Coast Police boss has appealed to the area residents to volunteer information that will help apprehend members of the dreaded sect.
Mombasa, the country’s second largest city and a major tourist spot is one of various cities targeted by a series of grenade attacks and abduction of foreigners in recent months.