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Police shot at CORD protesters "in self defence"

24 May 2016, 12:28

Nairobi - Police in Siaya opened fire "in self defence" after "a mob with catapults" approached a municipal office, according to a police statement, which said 29 officers were injured in the incident.

Three people died during clashes which erupted during opposition protests in Kisumu and Siaya.

Two people died of gunshot wounds in Siaya, and one from a head injury after falling over while running from tear gas in Kisumu.

Riot police equipped with shields and batons used tear gas and water canon to disperse protesters who also tried to gather in Nairobi and Mombasa.

The opposition protests, in their fourth week, are organised by the CORD party and aimed at forcing a change of leadership at the country's election commission ahead of polls due next year.

See Also: Video: Police fire live bullets at CORD protesters in Kisumu, Siaya

CORD leader Raila Odinga believes the commission is biased, blaming it for his defeat by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2013 vote.

The police statement also said prison wardens escorting criminals shot and injured five "rioters" who attacked their bus.

Opposition leaders claimed Monday that several of their supporters had been "killed in various parts of the country" but gave no numbers.

"Innocent Kenyans have lost lives today," said Odinga. "We must condemn this in the strongest terms possible."



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