Police break up slum protests

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People run away from tear gas before the arrival of Kenya's opposition party National Super Alliance leader at Riverside slum in Nairobi. AFP

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan police fired teargas to disperse a crowd that was protesting yesterday against the overnight murder of four people in a slum in the capital Nairobi, a witness said. Parts of the city have been gripped by tension since Friday when at least five people were killed in violence between the police and opposition supporters who were accompanying their leader Raila Odinga after a trip abroad. Japheth Koome, the police commander in the city, said investigations had started after four bodies were found in the Mathare Area Four slum yesterday morning. “We went there and found those bodies with injuries,” he told a news conference, describing the murders as a criminal act rather than ethnic-driven violence.

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