3 Dead In New Kenya Violence

31 dead since anti-government rallies launched last week
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 20, 2008 9:40 AM CST
A man on crutches walk past the body of a man killed during ethnic fighting in the Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008. Renewed ethnic fighting broke out in Nairobi's Mathare slum Sunday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – At least three people were hacked to death with machetes and homes were set ablaze in a fresh outbreak of ethnic violence in Kenya today between President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuya group and opposition backers of Raila Odinga, Reuters reports. The deaths bring to 31 those killed since Odinga's supporters began three days of anti-government rallies last week.

Odinga, who lost a disputed presidential election Dec. 27, pleaded for peace. "No need to kill somebody because of his tribe, even if he did not vote for me," Odinga told supporters after attending church. A European Union envoy appealed to both sides to work for peace, even as more rallies are planned this week. Some 650 have been killed since the election.