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Kenya is in flames, Is it to disrupt the coming elections?

Posted by African Press International on June 11, 2007

Posted: Jun 8 2007, 02:23 AM

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Kenyan police tore through a Nairobi slum on Thursday, shooting dead at least 11 people in the third day of a crackdown on a criminal gang.

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The police have besieged Mathare slum, ripping down shacks and beating residents in their hunt for members of the Mungiki gang.

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Witnesses said there were at least 14 killed, but police said they killed 11 while trying to make arrests
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The Mungiki gang began in the 1990s as a quasi-religious sect but police say it is now a large, organised crime operation.
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Women running away from the police.
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A man rounded up by the police was kicked in the head.
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Hundreds of police swept down on the slum after two of their officers were killed late on Monday
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People were forced to demolish their homes during fighting.

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Male residents of Nairobi’s Mathare slum lie on the ground as Kenyan police search the neighbourhood yesterday. (AFP

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Residents of the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, carry a beheaded corpse police found overnight in Mathare on Wednesday

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A woman tries to extinguish a burning taxi during fighting between police and the Mungiki sect, Thursday, June 7, 2007 in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Gun battles erupted in a Nairobi slum Thursday, killing at least 10 people, as police conducted house-to-house searches for members of an outlawed sect accused of terrorizing Kenyans and leaving behind a string of beheaded corpses. An Associated Press reporter saw 10 corpses in the Mathare shantytown, considered a stronghold for the Mungiki sect. Police sealed off the slum and rounded up more than 100 people, ordering them to kneel on the ground as gunshots whizzed by.

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Unidentified people cry as they leave the main mortuary in Nairobi, Kenya hours after police killed 21 suspected members of a religious sect called Mungiki, 5 June 2007

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And dozens of youths and women suspected to be members or sympathisers were bundled into police trucks and driven to police stations across Nairobi.
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Police forced local people to lie on the ground as they made arrests and said they had shot dead at least 12 people on Thursday…

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…after at least 21 suspected sect members were killed by police earlier this week.

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The slum is seen as a stronghold of the Mungiki, a sect formed by ethnic Kikuyus, which runs protection rackets and claims links to top politicians.

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Kenyans pack their belongings on the back of a pick up truck as they flee the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

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A Kenyan police officer helps two slum-dwelling mothers and their babies after they were overcome by tear gas during the police crackdown on the banned Mungiki sect, June 7, 2007. Police killed at least 12 suspected members of a sect blamed for a string of recent murders and beheadings on the third day of a widening crackdown.
(Tony Karumba, AFP/Getty Images)
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woman with facial injuries runs away with her baby next to people rounded up during fighting between police and the Mungiki sect, June 7, 2007. Mungiki was inspired by the 1950s Mau Mau uprising against British rule but has become a street gang linked to murder, political violence and extortion.
(Khalil Senosi/AP Photo)
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police officer arrests a man during the fighting, June 7, 2007. The recent outbreak of violence has raised fears that Mungiki members are planning to disrupt elections in December, when President Mwai Kibaki will seek a second term.
(Khalil Senosi/AP Photo)
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Women carrying children flee tear gas fired by police in Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, June 6, 2007. Kenyan police used whips and tear gas to battle slum dwellers in a crackdown on the Mungiki criminal gang, while a severed and skinned head was found in the same Nairobi neighborhood, witnesses said.
(Antony Njuguna/Reuters)

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Kenyan paramilitary patrol the Mathare slum, in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, June 6, 2007. Paramilitary police fired tear gas Wednesday in a Nairobi slum believed to be a stronghold of an outlawed sect accused of terrorizing Kenyans and leaving behind a string of beheaded corpses, including five this week. The sect, called the Mungiki, was inspired by the 1950s Mau Mau uprising against British rule but has become a street gang linked to murder, political violence, and extortion. (AP Photo)

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