The controversial Canadian Muslim preacher Bilal Philips has been deported from Kenya due to security concerns, hours after he landed in the country for a speaking tour, Nairobi newspapers are reporting.

"We had to turn him away because he easily mobilizes people using his controversial teachings wherever he goes," said Njiru Mwaniki, chief of the Anti-Terrorism Police. "This is dangerous to our country."

The police chief said Mr. Philips "has been in terror circles," the Nation reported. The Standard quoted a senior immigration official involved in the deportation, who said, "He is not wanted here because he may poison our youth through his controversial preaching."

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