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Kenya Investigates 40 Gang-Rape Cases After Attack in Northeast

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July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Kenyan authorities are investigating 40 cases of alleged gang rape last month after a village in the northeast near the border of Ethiopia came under attack, local police commander Stephen Weda said.

“We have received 40 cases of gang rape linked to the attack, where attackers invaded the village using rocket-propelled grenades and other sophisticated weapons,” Weda, commander of Rhamu town in Mandera County, said by phone.

At least 16 people died in the raid on June 23 on Chiriko village in Mandera County, while 96 others were injured and 150 homes burnt, according to the Kenya Red Cross. Clan fighting in the northeast has killed at least 89 people since March 2012, according to data compiled by Kenya Red Cross and Bloomberg.

Across the country, 628 people have been killed in inter-communal violence in Kenya since last year, with the northeast, Rift Valley and western regions most affected, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The conflicts stem from disputes over water, grazing land and politics, the UN said.

Violence in the eastern Tana River region, where clashes between feuding communities have left about 164 people dead since 2012, has been fanned by the flow of illegal weapons from bordering Somalia, according a government-commissioned report released in May.

To contact the reporter on this story: Abjata Khalif in Nairobi at akhalif@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nasreen Seria at nseria@bloomberg.net

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