Kenya: 24 killed for money extortion

24 people have been killed because of the fighting between villagers and Mungiki people, members of a sect, in central Kenya.

“The residents of a village near the central Kenyan town of Karatina  – reports – fought members of Mungiki because they have been extorting money from them, said Charles Owino, the deputy police spokesman”.

“What I know is that majority of the dead are Mungiki members,” Owino told The Associated Press.

Although at first the Police took the side of the Mungiki people, after a while the officers started lynching the Mungiki. According to a witness, who asked to remain anonymous afraid of reprisals, it is not known why the Police stopped supporting the Mungiki.



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