Children die in latest violence in Kenya

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At least 39 people were killed when farmers raided a village of herders in south-eastern Kenya yesterday in renewed fighting between two communities with a history of violent animosity.

Police said 13 children, six women, 11 men and nine attackers died and 45 houses were set on fire during the attack.

A spokesman said that the Pokomo tribe of farmers, armed with spears and AK-47 rifles, raided a village of the semi-nomadic Orma herders at dawn.

At least 110 people were killed in clashes between the Pokomo and Orma in August and September.

The cycle of killings may be related to changed political boundaries and next year’s elections.