News 2008


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 bombed.

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.