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Ten die in ethnic clashes in Kenya

22:10 Thu Jan 10 2013
AAP

Ten people have been killed in ethnic clashes in the restive Tana River region on Kenya's coast.

Kenya has stationed 1000 paramilitary troops in the area in an effort to prevent attacks between the Pokomo and Orma ethnic groups, who have fought for generations over land rights and access to water.

"There are 10 dead and two critically wounded, with gunshot wounds, machete cuts and burns," local Red Cross official Caleb Kilunde told AFP.

Thursday's attack came a day after nine were killed in a raid.

Violence in the region first erupted in August, pitting the Pokomo farming community against their Orma pastoralist neighbours and leading to a series of vicious reprisal killings and attacks that left more than 150 people dead.

The repeated outbreaks of violence also raises concerns over security and a lack of police capacity in volatile areas ahead of elections due on March 4, with police investigating local politicians for alleged involvement in the unrest.

Regional police chief Aggrey Adoli confirmed the renewed violence, admitting that there was "a problem in the area", and that tensions were high.