Fresh violence hits Garissa

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Several people have been injured following fresh clashes between angry locals and police in northern Kenyan town of Garissa, near the border with Somalia, reports say.

Gunfire rented the air in the town on Tuesday as security forces engaged angry locals armed with crude weapons for the better part of the morning.

Police have confirmed several injuries inflicted by bullets, while others have multiple injuries.

One security officer said up to five people have been shot and wounded and are admitted at the local hospital.

The violence erupted as locals protested the reaction by police and Kenya Defence Forces troops on Monday following the killing of three soldiers.

Locals accused police and military for harassing then and burning the area main market.

The security personnel harassed and beat up locals in reaction to the incident. Several structures were burnt in the confusion.

Kenyan military spokesman Col Cyrus Oguna said Tuesday no weapon was stolen from their slain personnel.

Tuesday morning, groups converged at the scene of the burnt structures and started to protest before police tried to repulse them prompting the violence.

Local hospitals said they are attending up to 30 people with different injuries since the Monday incident, according to the Standard.

North Eastern police boss Philip Tuimur says security agencies are in control of the situation in the town.

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