17 October 2008

Clashes over water kill 4 in drought-hit Kenya

NAIROBI, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Fighting over boreholes in arid northern Kenya has killed at least four people as competition for resources mounts in the drought-hit region, the Kenyan Red Cross said on Friday.

Locals said the death toll was higher after two days of clashes between the Murulle and Garre clans in Elwak, Mandera District.

"We have confirmed the killing of four people. Two are missing and we got a fresh report about the injury of four police officers," Red Cross spokesman Titus Munga told Reuters.

Police in the remote area could not immediately be reached for comment.

Dozens of people have been killed in other parts of northern Kenya in recent months as communities clash over water sources and pasture for livestock in a region ravaged by drought. (Reporting by Noor Ali; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Janet Lawrence)