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Kenyan President blames attacks on political rivals

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 01:17

June 18 - Kenya's president blames politicians for the two days of attacks on the coast in which about 65 people were killed. Natalie Thomas reports.

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Kenyan security forces clear the streets after a wave of attacks that have killed around 65 since Sunday The government usually blames Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group for incidents like these But this time president Uhuru Kenyatta says others are responsible. (SOUNDBITE)(English) KENYAN PRESIDENT, UHURU KENYATTA, SAYING: "This therefore, was not an Al Shabaab terrorist attack. Evidence indicates that local political networks were involved in the planning and execution of the heinous attacks. This also played into the opportunist networks of other criminal gangs." By blaming politics Kenyatta could stoke ethnic tensions in a country where allegiances are often decided along such lines After the 2007 presidential elections those tensions erupted into violent clashes that killed about 1,200 people Those caught up in the latest attacks want the government to do more than just point the finger (SOUNDBITE) (Swahili) DISPLACED WOMAN, MUPA DZOMBO, SAYING: "Our expectation here is that the government will provide us with security because we cannot sleep in our houses, we are living in fear and our men are being killed, we don't know what to do." And with fears of further attacks, many are leaving their homes for temporary shelters elsewhere

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Kenyan President blames attacks on political rivals

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 01:17