The Straits Times
Published on Sep 10, 2012

Kenya tribal vendetta kills 33: Red Cross


NAIROBI (AFP) - Tribesmen attacked a village in south-eastern Kenya on Monday, torching homes and sparking clashes that killed 33, in the latest round of tit-for-tat ethnic violence to plague the area, official said.

Eight police officers were among those killed in the vendetta between the Pokomo farming community and their Orma pastoralist neighbours which already left 52 dead last month in Kenya's worst tribal killings in years.

At least 300 members of the Pokomo tribe stormed Kilelengwani, a village in the Tana river delta and near some of the east African country's most idyllic beaches, early on Monday and attacked members of the Orma community.

Red Cross spokesman Nelly Muluka told AFP the death toll for the raid stood at 33, including eight police officers who were caught up in the fighting when they tried to respond to the emergency.