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13 Aug 2017

Nine-year-old boy shot dead during street protest

A nine-year-old boy has been gunned down in bloody protests in Kenya amid claims the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta was “rigged.”
Victim: Steve George, surrounded by grieving relations.
Steve George was shot in the back as he stood on a fourth-floor balcony in his home watching the violence tear apart the Mathare slums in Nairobi on the streets below.

Tearful relatives gathered around the tragic youngster’s body as the rioting continued to rage in the background.

He was among four people reportedly killed in the long-running rioting which has split the East African country in two.

Earlier it was reported a young girl was also killed after she was hit by a stray bullet after riot cops began firing sporadic shots into crowds.

Dozens more were also injured after opposition supporters staged protests at the outcome of the election, which they claim was rigged.

Protests in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi have left burning tyres, debris and looted shops following running battles between opposition supporters and police.

In Kisumu, three men were treated in hospital after they were shot by police. Two men also sustained gunshot wounds in Mathare slum.

The country’s election commission said Mr. Kenyatta won the election with 54.27 per cent of the vote, calling it “credible, fair and peaceful.”

Mr. Odinga took 44.74 per cent, according to commission chairman Wafula Chebukati.

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