Friday, July 6, 2007

Police battle gangs in Kenya

Police in the African nation of Kenya are battling politically linked organized criminal groups, according to recent press accounts.

A report from Nairobi yesterday indicated that police had killed 10 suspects in shootouts within the capital city. Three suspected gang members were shot to death in the Ngon'g district. Police ordered the three to stop, but instead they opened fire. The remaining fatalities occurred in the Huruma, Gachie and Kayole neighborhoods within Nairobi.

Police are tangling with the fundamentalist religious Mungiki sect, which has been officially banned. That group is charged with committing more than 40 murders since March. A dozen of the murders have involved beheadings. The Mungiki had been a religious order known for its rejection of western civilization. It has reportedly deteriorated into a politically motivated criminal organization advancing itself and its aims through murder and extortion.

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