At least 3 dead in new Kenya violence

By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Sep 11th, 2012
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Rioters burn tyres in Kenya’s port city of Mombasa for a second day after the killing of an extremist cleric linked to Al-Qaeda-allied Shebab militants on August 28, 2012. Hundreds of angry youths have reportedly thrown stones, damaged cars after amassing in support of slain preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed near the centre of Mombasa. The cleric, who was shot dead on August 27, 2012 by “unknown people”, according to the police, was on US and UN sanctions lists for allegedly supporting the Shebab, including through recruitment and fundraising. He was driving with his wife and children when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle, leaving it riddled with bullets. AFP

NAIROBI — Tribesmen launched new attacks early Tuesday in Kenya’s southeastern Tana River area, torching houses and killing at least three police officers, police sources said.

“Three people have been killed and six others have been wounded seriously,” a senior police officer told AFP.

Officers said armed groups were burning houses and shooting indiscriminately in the Semikaro area.

“Things are not very good there, there has been a problem there since early morning but we are handling it,” regional police chief Aggrey Adoli said.

“Initial reports indicate that four villages were attacked. The attackers are still in the area. Police have been outnumbered and have retreated and are waiting for reinforcements,” said Caleb Kilunde, a Red Cross official in the area.

An attack Monday by tribesmen on a rival community in the nearby Tarassa area sparked clashes that killed 38 people, including several police.

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