White House condemns Kenyan tribal violence
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House condemned on Sunday "in the strongest terms" a tribal attack in south-eastern Kenya that left 45 dead, amid fears of growing tensions between rival communities.
Villagers were hacked to death and their homes were torched in Friday's attack on the village of Kipao in the Tana delta region, an area where deadly tribal violence killed another 100 people earlier this year. The victims included women and children.
"The United States condemns in the strongest terms the renewed violence in Kenya's Tana River region," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.
"This latest incident represents a disturbing escalation of the tragic violence witnessed by these communities in August and September." Police attributed the killings to a disarmament operation that stoked long-simmering tensions between the rival Orma and Pokomo communities in the Tana river delta area.