11 KILLED IN KENYA POST-ELECTION VIOLENCE

Kenyan police killed 11 people in a crackdown on protesters as anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of Kisumu and slums ringing the capital, officials and witnesses said on Saturday.

A security official told Reuters that the bodies of nine young men shot dead overnight in Nairobi’s Mathare slum had been brought to the city morgue.

The official said the men were killed during police anti-looting operations.

Separately, a young girl in Mathare was killed by police firing “sporadic shots,” a witness said.

The run-down neighborhood is loyal to 72-year-old opposition leader, Raila Odinga, whose party rejected Tuesday’s vote as a “charade.”

A government official said one man had been killed.

The unrest erupted moments after Kenya’s election commission announced late on Friday that Kenyatta, 55, had secured a second five-year term in office, despite opposition allegations that the tally was a fraud.

Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said the trouble was localised and blamed it on “criminal elements” rather than legitimate political protest.

Odinga’s NASA coalition provided no evidence for its rejection of the result.

Kenya’s main monitoring group, ELOG, said on Saturday its tally matched the official outcome, undermining NASA’s allegations of fraud.

In addition to the deaths, Kisumu’s main hospital was treating four people for gunshot wounds and six who had been beaten by Kenyan police.

Reporting: Unclad News Press

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