Attacks Kill 12 as Kenya Votes
Machete-wielding mob kills 5 cops in one ambush
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2013 12:31 AM CST
Updated Mar 4, 2013 2:03 AM CST
Kenyans line up to cast their vote in a general election at the Mutomo primary school near Gatundu, north of Nairob.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

(Newser) – Kenya chooses a president today in a vote overshadowed by fears of a repeat of the ethnic violence that killed more than 1,200 people in the weeks after 2007's election. The vote got off to a violent start when a mob of 200 secessionists armed with machetes ambushed and killed five police officers in the coastal city of Mombasa, the AP reports. Another police officer was killed in a separate attack by the same group; a police official said seven people died in that attack. Officials have warned that criminals plan to disguise themselves as police to disrupt voting in some areas, and there are fears of attacks from Somali militants.

Kenyans are also choosing members of parliament, senators, and 47 county governors, but all eyes are on the presidential contest dominated by Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, the BBC reports. There is a long history of tension between the two candidates' tribes, and Kenyatta is facing a trial at the International Criminal Court for his role in 2007's violence. President Mwai Kibaki, who is not seeking re-election, issued a plea for Kenyans to vote peacefully and for the losers to accept defeat.

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Mar 5, 2013 12:47 AM CST
who cares ??!!
Mar 4, 2013 12:26 PM CST
No news here folks...just move along.
Mar 4, 2013 7:42 AM CST
we have our own problems with kenyan politicians. ever since arriving in washington the obamanation has been blaming everyone but himself for his shortcomings. the latest being the sequestration intended to curb out of control spending."we have to cut back so we're going to set 2000 to 3000 illegal aliens free from our jails rather than sending them home as we were planning, and if they rape or kill someone you love it is the republicans fault... but let's talk about something dear to my heart, i'm proud to announce that we are going to give $250,000,000.00 to the poor muslim leaders of Egypt. okay, now back to those cuts... thanks to the GOP we can't afford to inspect meat for the American consumers... but on a more positive note, we will be sending financial and military aid along with some fighter jets to the islamic rebels in Syria. and because those republicans wouldn't give me a blank check, i'm afraid we will have to cut back security at our airports... but don't worry, we'll find the money somewhere for islamic causes in other countries should they ask for help."