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2 shot dead in Kenya's capital Nairobi amid vote protests

by Agencies
09 Aug 2017 at 15:57hrs | Views
A police official and a witness say two people have been shot dead in Kenya's capital during protests over provisional election results showing President Uhuru Kenyatta leading opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome says the two were shot as they took advantage of the protests to steal.

An Associated Press photographer says one was shot in the head.Protests broke out after Odinga alleged that election results from Tuesday's vote had been hacked into and manipulated.

A Kenya security official says a homemade bomb planted by extremists to disrupt elections blew up after a hyena set it off.

Joseph Kanyiri, the head of a task force of security agents in Lamu county, says the blast occurred after the hyena walked over it.

He says the bomb had been planted on a route used by election officials to transport ballots to a counting centrer. Lamu is on a dusk-to-dawn curfew following attacks by the al-Shabaab extremist group based in neighbouring Somalia

Al-Shabaab had threatened to disrupt Tuesday's elections. The group has carried out more than 100 attacks in Kenya since 2011, calling it retribution for the country sending troops to Somalia to fight it.

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Source - AP
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