8 killed in fresh Kenyan ethnic violence

Kenya Red Cross personnel at the scene of a previous clash in the Tana River Delta on September 7, 2012 where 11 people were killed. PHOTO | KENYA RED CROSS 

Eight people were killed and nine injured in fresh attacks in the troubled Tana River County Wednesday.

The latest incident occurred at Nduru village where the Orma community was attacked by the Pokomos.

Among the dead were two Orma women, four men and two Pokomo men.

A 14-year-old boy, Adam Goshi, who sat the Kenya Certificate Primary Education (KCPE) exam also died in the attack.

According to the Tana River County chairman Gure Golo, the attackers armed with firearms attacked the village at around 5.30 am and killed people in the isolated village.

Mr Golo said that there is tension in the area that is about 1km from a police post situated at Semikaro.

"It is sad that the killings are going on in the county, while the police that were mandated to bring peace fail to do so but surface after attacks. We are asking them to prevent the attacks and not come after people have lost their lives," he said.

Tana Delta police boss Richard Mukwate confirmed the attack.

The injured were rushed to Malindi District Hospital by the Kenya Red Cross.

The Pokomo attackers, who suffered panga cuts, are at large.

Since last year, the Tana River delta region has seen a spate of violent attacks and counter-attacks pitting the Orma and Pokomo in which scores have died.

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