At least 20 killed in Kenya clan violence

2013-08-29 07:52


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Nairobi - A Kenyan official says at least 20 people were killed in violence among rival clans in Kenya's north.

Ukur Yattani, the governor of Kenya's Marsabit county, said on Wednesday that automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades were used in clashes between the Borana and Gabbra clans.

Yattani said the two groups as well as a third —the Burji— have recently been fighting over water and pasture for their cattle.

Police spokesperson Gatiria Mboroki said some houses were apparently set on fire but gave no death toll.

Kenya has stringent gun laws, and obtaining a license is difficult. But illegal guns are smuggled into the country through porous borders, especially from Somalia, Kenya's volatile neighbour to the north.

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