Violence continues to roil Kenya

What started as protests against a rigged presidential election has escalated into tribal warfare in Kenya with gangs of men armed with machetes and iron bars running unchecked by police through towns and villages killing innocents:More than 100 people have been killed in the past four days, many of them shot with arrows, burned or hacked with machetes. It is some of the worst fighting since a disputed election in December ignited long-simmering tensions that have so far claimed at least 750 lives. The fighting appeared to be spreading Sunday across the Rift Valley region, a particularly picturesque part of Kenya known more for its game parks and fancy lodges. The Kenyan government is now threatening to arrest top opposition leaders on suspicion of orchestrating the bloodshed, but opposition leaders are in turn accusing the government of backing criminal gangs. The violence began when President Mwai Kibaki, a member of the Kikuyu tribe won a disuputed election against Raila Odinga,...(Read Full Post)

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