Monday, December 31, 2007

Scores dead in Kenya poll clashes


At least 43 people have been killed in the western Kenyan town of Kisumu after violence blamed on the disputed presidential election.

A BBC reporter saw the bodies with gunshot wounds in a morgue in the opposition stronghold.

Witnesses say the police fired live bullets after protesters threw stones, claiming fraud in last week's poll.

President Mwai Kibaki has been declared the winner but Raila Odinga says he was robbed of victory.

There have also been violent clashes in slums in the capital, Nairobi, and the resort town of Mombasa.

Reuters news agency reports that 15 bodies have been found in the Nairobi slum of Korogocho.

Those killed in Kisumu include two women and three children, reports the BBC's Noel Mwakugu.

An eye-witness told him that police fired indiscriminately even after the protesters started running away in the Kisumu suburbs of Manyatta and Nyamasira.

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