6 killed, 3,000 displaced in Kenya ethnic clashes

The fighting erupted late Saturday following reports of cattle stealing.

6 killed, 3,000 displaced in Kenya ethnic clashes

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least six people have been killed, scores injured and 3,000 displaced in three days of fighting between two ethnic groups in western Kenya, according to local residents and medics.

"So far six people have been killed," Joseph Okwany, a villager from Nyakach constituency in Nyanza region where fighting is taking place, confirmed to Anadolu Agency by telephone late Monday.

The clashes, which erupted late Saturday following reports of cattle stealing, pit the Luo tribe of Nyakach and the Kalenjin ethnic group living in the nearby Kericho area of the Rift Valley region.

Nyakach has a population of more than 138,000 and is located nearly 40kms south of Kisumu city on Lake Victoria.

Efforts to reach current MP Joshua Aduma Owuor or his predecessor Pollynis Onyango were unsuccessful.

Repeated calls to their phones went unanswered.

But Kenya Red Cross program officer in Nyakach Benson Sumba said more than 3,000 have been displaced and 55 homes razed to the ground.

"The situation remains tense," Sumba told AA by phone.

The Red Cross official confirmed that a special police squad has been deployed in the area, but declined to say why they had failed to maintain law and order.

"We are now distributing water, food and bedding to the displaced people," Sumba said.

"Some ten schools have been closed and pupils have remained in their homes."

Government officials were not immediately available for comment.

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