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Kenya police probe hate speech leaflets after port shootings




MOMBASA: Kenyan police said Monday they were hunting gunmen who killed four people in an apparent ethnic revenge attack and dropped leaflets demanding minorities leave the port city of Mombasa.
“We are looking for them, we don’t know who the attackers are and that is why we are urging the public to work closely with us,” Mombasa police chief Robert Kitur said. Kitur said four people were killed when unknown gunmen on motorbikes sprayed bullets into crowds late Sunday in the Soweto district of Mombasa’s Likoni suburb, although local government officials confirmed only three dead. “We are also investigating the source of leaflets circulated in the area,” he added.
The leaflets, which said the shooting was carried out in retaliation for attacks last month, appear to be a move to inflame ethnic tensions further on Kenya’s already restive coast. Kenya faces multiple challenges, including an external Islamist threat, homegrown terrorism, religious, ethnic and tribal tensions, and bitter, long-running land disputes. The leaflets said the attackers were targeting people from the Luo community, who come from Kenya’s western region. 

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