March 31st, 2013
06:54 AM ET

Clashes kill 2 after Kenyan election verdict

Two people died in clashes in western Kenya after the top court in the nation upheld Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in the presidential election.

The deaths occurred Saturday in Kisumu, the stronghold of his chief rival, Raila Odinga. At least 22 others were hospitalized, the Kenya Red Cross said.

Most of the casualties suffered gunshot wounds, said Abbas Gullet, chief of the local Red Cross

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Military will head into area where police slaughtered
An injured Kenyan policeman recounts the attack that occurred in Baragoi, Kenya, on Saturday.
November 14th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

Military will head into area where police slaughtered

Police were ambushed and dozens were slaughtered.  Now the military is being sent in.

Kenya's National Security Council, chaired by President Mwai Kibaki, said today that soldiers will join a police-led operation in the Samburu region.  But it will take some time to have "actual boots on the ground," said Col. Cyrus Oguna, spokesman for the Kenya Defense Forces.

Over the weekend, 38 officers were killed by heavily armed cattle rustlers, according to injured police reservists who were on the scene.  Local media reports put the number killed at between 37 and 42.  Many others were injured.

The police were part of an operation to recover cattle belonging to the Samburu tribe that had been stolen by the Turkana tribe, officials said. A large group of Turkana fired on police in a valley.

The Turkana and Samburu have been staging raids to steal each other's livestock for many years.

Raid, grenades, gunfire: Three dead in Kenyan tourist city
A Kenyan police officer guards the house where the attack took place.
October 17th, 2012
09:38 AM ET

Raid, grenades, gunfire: Three dead in Kenyan tourist city

Police knocked on the door in the middle of the night, giving whoever was inside a chance to open it.  But the anti-terrorism squad had come prepared for a raid.

When the militant suspect inside refused to let them in, the officers broke down the door - and were met by a grenade flying straight at them.

The blast injured three officers and killed a suspected criminal who had led them to the home in Mombasa, Kenya's second-largest city and a popular tourist destination.  Police had arrested the suspect earlier, and got him to take them to what he said was a home containing an illegal weapons cache, according to regional police chief Aggrey Adoli.

As the grenade exploded, police began shooting into the doorway, killing the suspected militant who had hurled the explosive at them.

As he fell, he dropped a second grenade he'd been holding. That blast injured five policemen - one of whom who later died due to his injuries.

Inside the house, police recovered two more grenades, a pistol, and 15 rounds of ammunition, Adoli said.

The suspects - both the one who took police to the home and the one who pitched the grenade at them - had no identity cards, Adoli said.  "We cannot rule out that they are enemies from Al-Shabaab who were planning an attack following the fall of Kismayo” in neighboring Somalia, he added.

The al Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab is trying to overthrow the Somali government, and has also been blamed for violence in Kenya.

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