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8 Killed in Latest Kenyan Tribal Clashes

A paramedic at the Malindi district hospital attends to a policeman injured when rival communities clashed in Tana River district in the Tana Delta region, Kenya, Jan. 9, 2013.
A paramedic at the Malindi district hospital attends to a policeman injured when rival communities clashed in Tana River district in the Tana Delta region, Kenya, Jan. 9, 2013.
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Police in Kenya say at least eight people have been killed in the latest tribal unrest to hit the Tana River region.

Raiders from the Pokomo community attacked an Orma community village with guns and machetes before dawn Wednesday.  Initial reports say six Orma and two Pokomo were killed.  Another nine people were injured.

Intermittent fighting between the groups has killed more than 130 people since August.

The two groups have been at odds for years over land and water rights.  The Pokomo are farmers, while the Orma raise cattle.

But the violence has raised fears that local politicians have deepened the rift, in hopes of benefiting in Kenya's March 4 elections.

Kenya was gripped by weeks of riots and ethnic fighting after the disputed 2007 presidential poll.  The violence in early 2008 killed more than 1,100 people.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.
 
  • Villagers and police view the bodies of suspected attackers from the Pokomo tribe, following tribal clashes in Kipao village in the Tana River Delta region of southeastern Kenya Dec. 21, 2012.
  • Members of the Kenya Red Cross carry an injured man after an attack in his village at Tana River district.
  • At least 39 people including men, women, children, and attackers, were killed when farmers from the Pokomo tribe, armed with spears and AK-47 rifles, raided a village of semi-nomadic Orma herders early Friday, according to a police official.
  • Paramedics at the Malindi district hospital attend to a child injured when their community members were attacked at Tana River district in Kenya's coastal Tana Delta region December 21 2012.
  • Children injured during an attack in their village in Tana River district receive treatment inside a ward at the Malindi district hospital December 21, 2012.
  • An injured woman is treated at the district hospital in Malindi Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, following tribal clashes in Kipao village in the Tana River Delta.
  • A villager armed with a spear walks past Kenyan police sent to keep order following tribal clashes in Kipao village in the Tana River Delta region of southeastern Kenya.
  • A villager walks away armed with a spear after viewing the bodies of suspected attackers from the Pokomo tribe, not pictured, following tribal clashes in Kipao village in the Tana River Delta region.

 

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