Nov. 19 (Xinhua)
Dozens of people have been injured on Monday in a revenge attack in Nairobi’s Eastleigh residential estate largely inhabited by Kenyans of Somali origin. The riots pitting Kenyans against people
of ethnic Somalis are a continuation of
fighting which erupted on Sunday after a grenade which was thrown at a bus near to St Teresa’s church on Second Avenue in Eastleigh, Nairobi, left at least seven dead and 34 others injured.
“Youths have come from neighboring
slums to revenge against the beating up
of Kenyans in Eastleigh on Sunday. The
Juja road is a no go-zone for better part
of today’s morning. The police have
arrived in three lorries and they are beating up everyone in sight. The youth
have also looted shops along Juja road,”
resident Martin Odhiambo told Xinhua on Monday.
Violent clashes first erupted on Sunday
after the suspected terrorists blew up a
public passenger vehicle but police
managed to contain them. However the
calm situation does not prevail on
Monday. Odhiambo said business promises have been closed in the ever busy Eastleigh also known as “little Mogadishu” as police engage the rioters in running battles.
“The rioters are also stealing from people and many people have been injured along Juja Road. There are no vehicles and the road has been deserted,” he added.
The residents are also attacking Kenya’s
Somali community whom they also
suspect to be behind a spate of insecurity that has affected the residential estate in the recent past. The security forces in certain instances were forced to use teargas to disperse the rowdy youth who were terrorizing business owners and travelers using the
The youth claim that residents in the area were shielding terrorists who are a threat to their security and that of the country at large. “Today’s chaos also erupted due to targeted attacks against members of Kenyans of Somali origin that first started on Sunday following the blast. Many people have been injured. People lost their valuable property as youths from Huruma and Kariobangi estates are revenging against the beating up of non Somalis in Eastleigh,” Helen Nyakiama who runs vegetable kiosks along Juja road told Xinhua.
Most businesses remain closed as owners fear that the protesting youths might attack them and loot their shops. Most of the Eastleigh residents have
refrained from staying in groups and
most of them are spending their time
indoors for fear of being roughed up by
Nyakiama said a contingent of police officers are at the scene and are trying to contain the situation in the area.However, regional police commander,
Moses Ombati the security forces have
been deployed in Eastleigh to contain the violence. But witnesses said the police seemed overwhelmed by the rioters.