15 Shot in Garissa Riots

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Kenyan Police patroling the town of Garissa Tuesday morning

15 people, including schoolboys, have today been shot and seriously injured by security forces who entered a high school, as violence rocked the Kenyan town of Garissa for the second day following fresh clashes between gangs and police.

Yesterday, three Kenyan soldiers in plainclothes were shot dead by assailants in Garissa while changing a flat tyre at a car garage.

Gunfire rocked the air in the town on Tuesday as security agencies engaged groups of gangs armed with crude weapons for the better part of the morning.

Police have confirmed several injuries inflicted by bullets, while others have multiple injuries.

The violence which erupted as locals protested the reaction by police and Kenya Defence Forces troops on Monday following the killing of three soldiers, has led to closure of all business in the area for fear of looting by the rowdy youths.

The security personnel harassed and beat up locals in reaction to the incident. Several structures were burnt in the confusion.

KDF spokesman Col Cyrus Oguna said Tuesday no weapon was stolen from their slain personnel.

Tuesday morning, groups converged at the scene of the burnt structures and started to protest before police tried to repulse them prompting the violence.

Local hospitals said they are attending up to 30 people with different injuries since the Monday incident.

North Eastern police boss Philip Tuimur says security agencies are in control of the situation in the town.

 

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