More violence in Kenya as Somali tensions rise

  • Associated Press
  • November 20, 2012 - 5:49 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya - Officials in a northern Kenyan town say more than a dozen people have been shot, one woman has died and hundreds of shops have burned to the ground amid rising Somali-Kenyan tensions.

The violence on Tuesday follows a lethal attack on Monday in which three Kenyan soldiers were killed. Witnesses in the town of Garissa say that Kenyan troops responded with force, opening fire at random. Hundreds of small shops were set alight.

Kenya's defense minister, parliamentarians and community leaders toured the city Tuesday to calm tensions. A hospital administrator said 13 people were shot Tuesday, and that one woman died. The Red Cross says nearly three dozen people have been injured.

The violence is the latest example of rising tensions between Somali-Kenyans and Kenyans with no ties to Somalia.

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