Kenyan military deployed to Moyale following deadly confrontation

August 09, 2013

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The Kenyan military has been deployed to the town of Moyale on the Kenya-Ethiopia border following a confrontation between residents and security forces that left one person dead, Kenya's The Standard reported Friday (August 9th).

Human rights activist Hassan Ali was shot dead, allegedly by army officers, and three people were injured following anti-government protests on Wednesday.

"We demand that the national government transfers top administration and security personnel in Moyale sub-county," said former Moyale lawmaker Guyo Halake. "They are part of the problem that we have."

The protests reportedly started after rumours spread that Bori Chief Jillo Boru had been disarmed at the Deputy County Commissioner's office.

Three government offices were looted and set alight during the protest, while residents also barricaded major roads including those leading to the provincial and police headquarters.

County Commissioner Isaiah Nakoru said on Thursday that the army was called to safeguard the border but that the demonstration had largely died down by the time troops arrived.

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