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At least 15 people killed in grenade attack in northern Kenya

Published on Jun 23, 2013 10:57 PM
 

ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) - At least 15 people were killed in a grenade attack on Sunday in a remote village in northern Kenya where low-key clan clashes have displaced hundreds of people in the past week, the Kenya Red Cross and local officials said.

Pastoralist communities in northern Kenya have long wrangled over the control of highly valuable grazing land.

But the fighting, in which more than 20 villagers have been killed in the past two days in Mandera county, near the east African nation's frontier with Ethiopia and Somalia, has marked an escalation in tension.

Residents say the political class in the area are using clan militia to jostle for top positions in the local administration and to settle old scores.

 
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