12 killed in western Kenya
Monday 10 March 2008
Mt Elgon - A Kenyan worker for the International Red Cross reports
that 30,000 people in western Kenya have fled an outbreak of
violence there. In the past few days, at least twelve people have
been killed in the Mount Elgon region.
The authorities hold a local criminal gang responsible for the
killings and have launched a manhunt with helicopters. The IRC
worker says villages where the gang was reportedly hiding were
The authorities have imposed a curfew, and hundreds of soldiers
have been deployed to the Mount Elgon region, which borders on
Uganda. The Ugandan army is concerned that the fighting will
spread across the border and says it has taken measures to prevent
this from happening.