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Kenya protests: Three killed after President's 'rigged' re-election

By Oneindia Staff Writer

Nairobi, Aug 12: At least three people were killed during protests last night after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the Kenyan election.

Riot police fire tear gas at protesters throwing rocks during clashes in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi.

The country is on edge after the announcement of the results led to violent demonstrations from supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose claim the vote was rigged prompted demonstrations earlier in the week.

Kenyan police say they have shot and killed two people during riots by opposition supporters after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner in national elections.

Leonard Katana, a regional police commander, said Saturday that the deaths occurred on the outskirts of Kisumu, a city where opposition leader Raila Odinga has strong support. Katana says another five people were injured by gunfire in Kisumu.

Also Saturday, Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters who blocked roads and set up burning barricades in a slum in Nairobi, the capital. An Associated Press photographer saw police firing live rounds in the Mathare area.

Kenyatta on Friday appealed for unity after the Kenyan election commission announced results following several days of vote-counting. Odinga has alleged that the election was rigged.

OneIndia News (with agency inputs)

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