GARISSA, Kenya, Nov 20 – Violence broke out for a second day in Kenya’s restive northeast on Tuesday with eight people shot and wounded, a day after security forces went on the rampage.
Several others were also hospitalised, some of them after being beaten by clubs by security forces in a crackdown following the killing of three colleagues in Garissa, a garrison town near the border with war-torn Somalia.
“This morning, Kenya Red Cross rescued four males, four females and two children, eight of them being gunshot casualties,” it said in a statement, adding that 34 other casualties were taken to Garissa hospital.
Musa Mohamed, a doctor at Garissa hospital, said that “at least 15 people were admitted this morning with various injuries.”
Garissa’s main market was torched during the violence that broke out Monday, after unknown gunmen killed three soldiers in town, sparking a security crackdown that sparked violent protests.
The killings were the latest in a string of grenade and gun attacks, often blamed on members or sympathisers of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab insurgents.
The Shabaab have vowed revenge after Kenya invaded southern Somalia last year to attack the Islamist fighters.
Small scuffles were also reported in the Nairobi’s predominantly ethnic Somali Eastleigh district, but on a far smaller scale than Monday when street battles took place after a bomb blast on a bus on Sunday that killed nine people.