US urges Kenya security forces to use restraint

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Nairobi - The State Department is urging Kenya's security forces not to use "unnecessary force" after police said they shot and killed two opposition protesters amid demonstrations for election reforms.

The US statement on Friday also urges independent investigations into allegations of abuse of force.

Police in Kenya's three largest cities used tear gas on Friday on opposition protesters who defied a new ban on demonstrations ahead of the fresh presidential election October 26.

The State Department statement urges all Kenyans who demonstrate to do so peacefully.

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