[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Monday, 17 September 2007, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK
Kenyan sect 'beheads' policeman
Mourning women after seeing a body
Recent grisly murders have shocked Kenyans
Police in Kenya say one of their officers has been beheaded by members of the illegal Mungiki sect.

The decapitated body was discovered by residents in the town of Gatundu, about 40km north-east of Nairobi.

The Mungiki sect - described by the authorities as a criminal gang - has been blamed for a series of gruesome killings and beheadings.

In June, some 100 people died in a major police operation against the sect in one of Nairobi's biggest slums.

The Mungiki claim to take their inspiration from Kenya's Mau Mau rebels.

Mungiki followers have been demanding protection fees from public transport operators, slum dwellers and other businessmen in and around Nairobi.

Those who refuse are often brutally murdered.

The Mungiki are made up primarily of militants from Kenya's biggest ethnic group, the Kikuyu. The sect was banned in 2002.

Some commentators have linked them to politicians wanting to cause unrest and fear ahead of December elections.




SEE ALSO
Kenyan terror at gang crackdown
08 Jun 07 |  Africa

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific