Two shot dead in Kenya election riots

Kenyan police have shot two people dead and injured five more during rioting after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner in national elections.

The violence occurred in the western city of Kisumu on Lake Victoria, where opposition leader Raila Odinga has strong support.

The deaths were confirmed by regional police commander Leonard Katana, AP reports.

Police also opened fire in the capital, Nairobi, where opposition protesters had blocked roads and set up burning barricades.

The unrest follows a fiercely fought presidential election in which Mr Odinga has repeatedly claimed the vote was rigged.

The Independent’s Catrina Stewart, who is in Nairobi, earlier reported that since Thursday night many areas of the capital have been on lockdown and are being patrolled by a heavy police presence.  

On Friday Mr Kenyatta urged opponents to set aside differences and work together.

To our brothers, our worthy competitors, we are not enemies,” he said.  

“Elections come and go, Kenya is here to stay,” he added. “There is no need for violence.”

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