10 January 2013

Kenya: Fresh Violence Erupts in Tana Delta

Ten more people have died following fresh attacks in the Tana Delta. Scores more people have been injured in the early morning attack on Kibusu village.

Officials from the Kenya Red Cross are attending to the injured and carrying out a rapid assessment exercise at the scene. Todays incident comes after ten people were killed in the violence that began in Tana River yesterday.

Seven people died when an estimated 300 heavily armed people suspected to be from the Pokomo community attacked Nduru village in Tarasaa, which is predominately occupied by Orma.

A woman, who was injured during the attack, died as she was being taken to hospital in Malindi. Four administration policemen and a civilian, who were responding to the attack, were injured when their vehicle rolled as they attempted to escape from the attackers who had surrounded them.

There was a stand-off as the villagers refused the police and Red Cross to access the area. The roads were blocked with barricades put up by the villagers who were angry that the police have been unable to protect them from the attacks which started early last year.

Journalists who accessed the area in the morning were later in the afternoon harassed and forced to leave by machete-wielding villagers.

Yesterday's attack came barely three weeks after yet another incident in which 41 people were killed when armed raiders attacked Kipau village in the same division. The violence in Tana River has claimed 160 lives since it was reignited last month.

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