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‘Border’ clash reportedly leaves 18 dead

Officials from Kenya’s ministry for internal security have denied media reports that Ethiopian troops and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels clashed at the weekend near the northeastern Kenyan town of Moyale. “Kenyans were neither caught up or involved in the clashes. The fight took place between the two factions on the Ethiopian side. Sources from the ground have confirmed that the Kenyan side was calm and peaceful,” the officials told IRIN. They said reports in Kenya’s ‘Daily Nation’ and ‘Standard’ today that 18 people were killed and several wounded, among them Kenyans, were “exaggerated”. The officials also denied reports that the district commissioner had confirmed the fighting, allegedly sparked by an Ethiopian attack on a border village in Moyale district.

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