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02 January 2008 :: 16:01:08 pm 30139

30 Killed In Kenyan Church As Post-Election Violence Continues

At least 30 people were killed in western Kenya Tuesday when a mob set fire to a church filled with Kenyans seeking refuge from spreading post-election violence.
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Witnesses in the city of Eldoret report a gruesome scene, with charred bodies crammed into a corner of the Kenya Assemblies of God church.
More violence was reported in Nairobi, Mombasa and other cities as the total death toll from the violence rose past 200.

Earlier Tuesday, European election observers called for an inquiry into whether the official results from last week’s presidential election were accurate.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga says the results were rigged to make sure incumbent President Mwai Kibaki was the winner.

Mr. Kibaki Tuesday said Kenyan political parties should meet immediately and appeal for calm.

Mr. Odinga said he would talk with the president if Mr. Kibaki admits he did not win last Thursday’s vote.

In a statement, EU election monitors said the polls fell short of international standards for democratic elections. It said a lack of transparency in the vote-counting raises concerns about the accuracy of the final results.

Tuesday, Kenyan police warned they would not authorize a rally Mr. Odinga has called in Nairobi’s Uhuru park on Thursday. Police officials say the rally poses a threat to people’s safety and security.

Violence has been reported in many cities but is centered in the slums of Nairobi and parts of western Kenya where Odinga’s support is strongest. Witnesses in the western city of Kisumu say around 40 bodies were brought into a mortuary overnight.

Much of the violence appears to be ethnically-motivated, with members of Mr. Odinga’s Luo tribe clashing with the Kikuyu tribe of Mr. Kibaki.

Western embassies, including those of the United States, Britain, and Australia have warned their citizens to remain vigilant and avoid travel.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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