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Britain welcomes Kenyan army deployment to quell violence

Britain welcomes Kenyan army deployment to quell violence


Kenya has sent troops to restore order in the northern region of Laikipia after months of clashes, a statement from the presidency said on Friday, a move welcomed by Britain’s foreign secretary during his visit to the Kenyan capital.

There have been numerous attacks in the drought-stricken region of Laikipia in recent months as armed cattle herders searching for scarce grazing have driven tens of thousands of cattle onto private farms and ranches. A dozen people have been killed.

A recent victim was Tristan Voorspuy, a dual British-Kenyan national, who was shot dead earlier this month.

Some Laikipia residents said politicians were encouraging herders to invade private land, hoping to win votes in national elections scheduled for August.

Kenya has a history of ethnic clashes and political violence. The last election, in 2013, passed relatively peacefully but more than 1,200 people were killed following a disputed poll in 2007.

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