Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Gunmen kill Kenyan opposition lawmaker

Ethnic fighting has claimed more than 800 lives since disputed Dec. 27 vote

KISUMU, Kenya - Gunmen killed an opposition lawmaker in Nairobi early Tuesday, an attack likely to stoke the ethnic fighting that has gripped Kenya since last month’s disputed presidential election.

As with the gangs that have killed rivals and torched homes in western Kenya, groups of armed youths began gathering after the shooting in the capital’s Mathare and Kibera slums. Since the Dec. 27 election, the death toll has soared over 800.

Two gunmen shot opposition lawmaker Mugabe Were as he drove to his house in suburban Nairobi, police said, adding they did not yet know if the political turmoil had motivated the slaying.


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