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Thousands flee ongoing violence in Kenya

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More than 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in Kenya because of continuing post-election violence. Fresh killing sprees have broken out in a second town in the Rift Valley, which has been popular up until now as a tourist destination.

Dozens of people have been killed here in the past four days in fighting between rival ethnic gangs; in one incident, eight people were burned to death in a house in the town of Naivasha.

Observers on the ground say violence that began after a disputed presidential ballot at the end of last month has now turned into a battle between ethnic groups. Since the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki, more than 800 people have been killed.

The continuing violence is hampering efforts by the African Union to find a peaceful solution. Over the weekend, the former UN chief Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela’s wife and a former Tanzanian president visited the Rift Valley.

Meanwhile, it is reported that two Germans have been killed with machetes in a villa in the coastal resort of Diani.