Kenya Red Cross: 39 people killed in clashes

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NAIROBI, Kenya — At least 39 people were killed when farmers raided a village of herders in southeastern Kenya today in renewed fighting between two communities with a history of violent animosity, a police official said.

Thirteen children, six women, 11 men and nine attackers were killed said police official Anthony Kamitu.

Kamitu who is leading police operations to prevent attacks in the region, said that the Pokomo tribe of farmers raided a village of the semi-nomadic Orma herding community at dawn in the Tana River Delta. He said the raiders were armed with spears and AK-47 rifles.

At least 110 people were killed in clashes between the Pokomo and Orma in August and September.

The tit-for-tat cycle of killings may be related to a redrawing of political boundaries and next year’s general elections. However, on the surface the violence seems driven by competition for water, pasture and other resources.

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