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Over 50 killed in renewed Kenya clashes

world Updated: Jan 27, 2008 15:16 IST
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More than 50 people have been killed in renewed inter-ethnic fighting in the central Kenyan town of Nakuru, local media reported on Sunday.

The independent Daily Nation said battles between machete-wielding tribes left more than 100 injured since the new clashes began last week in the capital of Rift Valley province, the epicentre of the poll-related violence that has engulfed Kenya.

Scores of people continued to flee Nakuru, some 150 kms northwest of the capital Nairobi, while others sought shelter in churches and police stations nearby.

Meanwhile, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan continued meeting with leaders on Sunday, including the head of the opposition Raila Odinga who charges last month's presidential vote was stolen from him.

Annan secured a meeting between Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki last week, which saw the two men shaking hands for the first time since the polls. But it was unclear what if any moves had been made toward a resolution of the crisis.

The elections sparked violence that has seen Odinga's Luo people as well as the Kalenjin, the dominant tribe in the Rift Valley, turn on Kibaki's Kikuyu people who traditionally hold the levers of power.

More than 700 people have been killed and 250,000 displaced in what marks a disturbing change in the East African nation known as a beacon of stability in a volatile region.