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Wednesday, 3 May, 2000, 19:59 GMT 20:59 UK
Kenyan police confirm 14 killed

Police in Kenya say the number of people killed in northern Isiolo province in clashes on Sunday between the Borana people and Somali herdsmen has risen to 14.

Initially police said eight people had been killed, including three police officers, when armed bandits attacked a Somali village, killing villagers and then making off with hundreds of cattle.

Some reports say the incident was provoked by livestock and grazing rights, others say it was a case of violent cattle rustling.

Scores of other people were also initially reported injured.

But a police spokesman Peter Kimanthi has now said that more of the wounded have died in hospital.

Local sources and the Kenyan media are however putting the number killed at nearer 50.

Leaders of the Borana community have also accused the army of siding with the Somalis and of killing up to 20 Borana youth in a big military operation on Tuesday.

There's been no official response to this.

A local official confirmed there was a big army presence, but said its aim was to contain violence.

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