Thursday 26 April 2018

Ten die during Kenya clashes

A British Army Paratrooper (R) instructs Kenyan rangers during a training course against poaching and logging near Nanyuki town, some 200 km (124 miles) north of the capital Nairobi, December 5, 2013. To help in the fight against poaching, British Army paratroopers provided patrolling and field training to members of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), and Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) at the foot of Mount Kenya. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT CRIME LAW)
A British Army Paratrooper (R) instructs Kenyan rangers during a training course against poaching and logging near Nanyuki town, some 200 km (124 miles) north of the capital Nairobi, December 5, 2013. To help in the fight against poaching, British Army paratroopers provided patrolling and field training to members of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), and Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) at the foot of Mount Kenya. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT CRIME LAW)

MORE than 10 people were killed yesterday in fighting in northern Kenya where troops have been sent to stop a week of violence between rival ethnic groups that has sent thousands fleeing into Ethiopia.

Rural communities in northern Kenya have long clashed over the control of valuable grazing land, but the fighting in the region has marked an escalation in tension.

Residents say politicians in the region, 800km from Nairobi, are using clan militias to jostle for power in new local administrations and to settle old scores.

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