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Thursday 17 April 2014

Guns, machetes and spears used to kill 19 in political massacres

FRESH fighting between supporters of rival politicians along Kenya's coast has led to the deaths of 19 people in two days, raising the spectre of the election violence that left more than 1,300 dead five years ago.

Ten people, five of them children, were killed with machetes, guns and spears in a dawn attack, in apparent revenge for the deaths the previous day of nine others in a nearby village.

More than 180 people have died in the area, the Tana River Delta, in six months in a series of raids initially blamed on long-standing disputes between tribes over access to water and grazing land. Officials now admit the violence is politically motivated, designed to force those opposing some candidates in polls due in March to flee constituencies.

One assistant minister has been arrested and accused of links to fighting last year that left 110 people dead in. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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