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Death toll rises amid Kenya's rioting over disputed vote

Residents look out from their balconies during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Residents look out from their balconies during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A supporter of opposition leader Raila Odinga is arrested by security forces in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
A supporter of opposition leader Raila Odinga is arrested by security forces in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga engage Kenyan security forces in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga engage Kenyan security forces in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga engage Kenyan security forces in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga engage Kenyan security forces in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A man brandishing a
A man brandishing a "panga" machete challenges police near a burning barricade during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga make fire barricades to block the road at Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga make fire barricades to block the road at Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
A Supporter of opposition leader Raila Odinga is being treated after being shot during protests in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A Supporter of opposition leader Raila Odinga is being treated after being shot during protests in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Riot police advance towards protesters during clashes in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Riot police advance towards protesters during clashes in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga engage Kenyan security forces in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga engage Kenyan security forces in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga dive for cover as they come under fire from Kenyan security forces in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga dive for cover as they come under fire from Kenyan security forces in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday Aug. 12, 2017. Violent demonstrations have erupted in some areas after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victorious of the presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A protester holds a rock in the air as he listens to the local opposition member of parliament address the crowd claiming the election was stolen from them, after clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A protester holds a rock in the air as he listens to the local opposition member of parliament address the crowd claiming the election was stolen from them, after clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Opposition protesters throw rocks at police in the Kibera area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenya's post-election violence worsened Saturday as police used tear gas on a convoy of opposition officials in the capital and a mortuary official said nine bodies with gunshot wounds were brought to a Nairobi morgue from a slum that's an opposition stronghold. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
Opposition protesters throw rocks at police in the Kibera area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenya's post-election violence worsened Saturday as police used tear gas on a convoy of opposition officials in the capital and a mortuary official said nine bodies with gunshot wounds were brought to a Nairobi morgue from a slum that's an opposition stronghold. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
An opposition protester uses a slingshot to throw rocks at police in the Kibera area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenya's post-election violence worsened Saturday as police used tear gas on a convoy of opposition officials in the capital and a mortuary official said nine bodies with gunshot wounds were brought to a Nairobi morgue from a slum that's an opposition stronghold. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
An opposition protester uses a slingshot to throw rocks at police in the Kibera area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenya's post-election violence worsened Saturday as police used tear gas on a convoy of opposition officials in the capital and a mortuary official said nine bodies with gunshot wounds were brought to a Nairobi morgue from a slum that's an opposition stronghold. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
Opposition protesters help a man who they said was wounded when a tear gas canister hit him in the face, during clashes with police in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
Opposition protesters help a man who they said was wounded when a tear gas canister hit him in the face, during clashes with police in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
Prison guards control protesters in Kisumu, Kenya, Saturday, Aug.12, 2017. Kenyan police shot and killed two people during riots by opposition supporters on the outskirts of Kisumu, a city where opposition leader Raila Odinga has strong support, according to Leonard Katana, a regional police commander. (AP Photo)
Prison guards control protesters in Kisumu, Kenya, Saturday, Aug.12, 2017. Kenyan police shot and killed two people during riots by opposition supporters on the outskirts of Kisumu, a city where opposition leader Raila Odinga has strong support, according to Leonard Katana, a regional police commander. (AP Photo)
Riot police advance towards protesters past burning barricades, during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Riot police advance towards protesters past burning barricades, during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Kenya Red Cross medical staff treat protesters who had been beaten by police, during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Kenya Red Cross medical staff treat protesters who had been beaten by police, during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A policeman charges toward protesters, during clashes in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A policeman charges toward protesters, during clashes in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Protesters flee from riot police during clashes in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Protesters flee from riot police during clashes in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A prison guard stands by burning tyres in Kisumu, Kenya, Saturday, Aug.12, 2017. Kenyan police shot and killed two people during riots by opposition supporters on the outskirts of Kisumu, a city where opposition leader Raila Odinga has strong support, according to Leonard Katana, a regional police commander. (AP Photo)
A prison guard stands by burning tyres in Kisumu, Kenya, Saturday, Aug.12, 2017. Kenyan police shot and killed two people during riots by opposition supporters on the outskirts of Kisumu, a city where opposition leader Raila Odinga has strong support, according to Leonard Katana, a regional police commander. (AP Photo)
A prison guard tries to put out fire of burning tyres in Kisumu, Kenya, Saturday, Aug.12, 2017. Kenyan police shot and killed two people during riots by opposition supporters on the outskirts of Kisumu, a city where opposition leader Raila Odinga has strong support, according to Leonard Katana, a regional police commander. (AP Photo)
A prison guard tries to put out fire of burning tyres in Kisumu, Kenya, Saturday, Aug.12, 2017. Kenyan police shot and killed two people during riots by opposition supporters on the outskirts of Kisumu, a city where opposition leader Raila Odinga has strong support, according to Leonard Katana, a regional police commander. (AP Photo)
Protesters who had been beaten by police lie on the ground after receiving treatment from Kenya Red Cross medical staff, during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Protesters who had been beaten by police lie on the ground after receiving treatment from Kenya Red Cross medical staff, during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Riot police run through alleyways chasing after protesters, during clashes in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Riot police run through alleyways chasing after protesters, during clashes in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
The body of a 9-year-old girl lies in a hallway in the Nairobi area of Mathare, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. The girl was shot dead during clashes between Kenyan security forces and supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga. Kenya's post-election violence worsened Saturday as police used tear gas on a convoy of opposition officials in the capital and a mortuary official said nine bodies with gunshot wounds were brought to a Nairobi morgue from a slum that's an opposition stronghold. (AP Photo/Cesar Dezfuli)
The body of a 9-year-old girl lies in a hallway in the Nairobi area of Mathare, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. The girl was shot dead during clashes between Kenyan security forces and supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga. Kenya's post-election violence worsened Saturday as police used tear gas on a convoy of opposition officials in the capital and a mortuary official said nine bodies with gunshot wounds were brought to a Nairobi morgue from a slum that's an opposition stronghold. (AP Photo/Cesar Dezfuli)
Riot police advancing towards protesters walk past burning barricades, during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Riot police advancing towards protesters walk past burning barricades, during clashes between police and protesters in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Kenyan police opened fire to disperse opposition protesters throwing rocks who had blocked roads with burning barricades, a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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Saturday, August 12, 2017 01:12 pm

NAIROBI, Kenya In an escalation of Kenya's deadly election violence, police on Saturday fired live ammunition at rioters and used tear gas on vehicles carrying opposition officials trying to enter a Nairobi slum where they have strong support. A young girl was killed by a stray bullet, nine bodies with gunshot wounds were brought overnight to the capital's main morgue, and a watchdog group said police gunfire has killed 24 people since Tuesday's disputed vote.

The chaos in the Nairobi slums of Mathare and Kibera, as well as in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu city, contrasted with widespread calm and celebrations in some areas in the country of 45 million after Kenya's election commission said late Friday that President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term. Protests, often violent, began soon after voting when Kenyatta's main challenger, Raila Odinga, alleged vote-rigging.

The government said life was returning to normal and that those challenging security forces were criminals intent on looting and destroying property. However, the police came under scrutiny for what the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, which monitors government institutions, described as the "unlawful and unacceptable" use of excessive force.

Seventeen of the two dozen people shot by police died in Nairobi, the commission said. It cited allegations of police breaking into homes, beating people, threatening them with rape and demanding money. The watchdog group also lamented "the destruction of private property by both civilians and allegedly by security personnel in the course of their duty."

Police shot and killed two people during riots by opposition supporters on the outskirts of Kisumu, a regional police commander, Leonard Katana, said Saturday. Another five people were injured by gunfire in Kisumu, Katana said.

In Mathare, where Odinga has significant support, police opened fire to disperse protesters who blocked roads and set up burning barricades. Associated Press photographers saw police charging demonstrators and firing live rounds and tear gas.

One Mathare resident, Wycliff Mokaya, told The Associated Press that his 9-year-old daughter was killed by a stray bullet while on the third-floor balcony of their home.

"I was watching her play with her friends when she suddenly fell down," Mokaya said. "She was my only hope."

Nine bodies with gunshot wounds were brought to the Nairobi morgue from Mathare, a mortuary official said Saturday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

An Associated Press photographer said police used tear gas on a large opposition convoy trying to enter the Kibera slum. Police also fired shots in the air.

The Kenya Red Cross said it helped a total of 93 people who were injured during the clashes since the election results were announced.

Police harassed and assaulted at least four journalists covering the violence, witnesses said.

The unrest followed a victory speech Friday in which Kenyatta, whose father was Kenya's first president after independence from British colonial rule, said he was extending a "hand of friendship" to the opposition.

Kenyatta won with a decisive 54 percent of the vote to nearly 45 percent for Odinga, but the bitter dispute over the integrity of the election process tempered what many Kenyans had hoped would be a celebration of democracy in a regional power known for its economic promise and long-term stability. The opposition said the election commission's database had been hacked and results were manipulated against Odinga.

The unrest also exposed divisions in a society where poverty and government corruption have angered large numbers of Kenyans, including those who have been protesting in the slums and see Odinga as a voice for their grievances.

Adding to the rift is ethnic loyalty. Kenyatta is widely seen as the representative of the Kikuyu people, the country's largest ethnic group, while Odinga is associated with the Luo group, which has never produced a head of state.

But reconciliation efforts and the introduction of a progressive constitution in 2010 have helped to defuse fears of the kind of ethnic-fueled violence that followed the 2007 election in which more than 1,000 people were killed. Odinga ran unsuccessfully in that election; he also lost the 2013 vote to Kenyatta and took allegations of vote-tampering to Kenya's highest court, which rejected his case.

Recalling its failed legal challenge in 2013, the opposition has said it will not go to court again. It has not directly urged supporters to stage protests, instead telling them to stay safe.

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Associated Press journalists Ben Curtis and Jerome Delay in Nairobi contributed.

                                  

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