At least 20 killed in tribal clashes in Kenya – police

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By Humphrey Malalo

NAIROBI (Reuters) – At least 20 were killed in inter-clan in northern on Sunday, said, further destabilizing one of most volatile regions.

clashes between Degodia and Gare communities started in mid- and has led to more than 40 in Wajir county that borders Somalia, local media reported.

fighting latest in a series of tit-for-tat killings that are ostensibly part of a longstanding grazing land and water dispute between tribes.

“I can confirm that 20 have been killed in the fighting between militia from the Degodia and Gare. Nine were also ” Masoud Mwinyi, a spokesman, told Reuters.

Wajir area is widely seen one of the least stable parts of , with bandits roaming vast tracts of arid land and Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants staging cross border raids.

Mwinyi said the had launched an investigation to establish whether the latest Degodia and Gare clashes were politically motivated. Wajir county has few roads in areas and many of the details about the clashes were unclear.

Last year more than 100 were killed in Kenya’ Tana River area when rival communities fought each other for weeks over land and water resources. The police said the clashes were incited by local politicians.

An influx of across Kenya’ borders, in particular from Somalia, has intensified the ferocity of between rival communities in recent years. (Reuters)