UPDATE - Deaths mar Kenyan opposition protests

UPDATE - Deaths mar Kenyan opposition protests

Protesters clash with security forces as pickets of electoral offices turn violent


NAIROBI, Kenya (AA) – Three people are confirmed dead and several others have been left with gunshot wounds after Kenyan police clashed with protesters on Monday.

One of the deceased was killed in Siaya town in Kenya's Western region; two others were killed in Kisumu town also in the west of Kenya.

A doctor at Kisumu County Hospital confirmed to an Anadolu Agency reporter that one protester died after suffering serious head injuries. Protesters claim the wounds came from a gunshot.

Police on Monday engaged protesters in running battles after opposition supporters demanded the dissolution of Kenya's electoral body, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Protesters accused it of planning to rig the 2017 elections.

Opposition leader Raila Odianga late on Monday released a statement accusing the government of killing innocent Kenyans during today's demonstrations: "They have brought back the 2007 [when Kenya was rocked by post-election violence] shoot-to-kill order. They killed three of our people today in peaceful demonstrations; this is against the law."

Affected locations in Kenya include Mombasa, Kisumu, Nairobi, Kakamega and Siaya where opposition supporters came out in their thousands to picket IEBC offices.

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