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August 12, 2017
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At least 24 people have been killed and 26 more wounded by police during protests in Kenya in response to the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. A 9-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet is reportedly among the dead.

Government officials have attributed the protests to "criminal elements," denying their political legitimacy, while opposition leaders say Kenyatta's second-term victory was a "charade" achieved via a fraudulent vote. Police are armed with guns and tear gas as demonstrations continue in a few parts of the country despite the conclusion of Kenya's Elections Observation Group (ELOG), announced Saturday, that the election results are trustworthy.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have both issued statements calling on police to show greater restraint and avoid using live ammunition on civilians. Kenyan elections in 2007 and 2013 were also followed by unrest exacerbated by partisan-linked ethnic divisions. Bonnie Kristian