Kenyan security forces have discovered at least a dozen mass graves on Sunday in the country’s Muslim-majority northeastern province.
The latest discovery shocked the country with yet another alleged mass grave found on the outskirt of Mandera town, as the Kenya’s security forces are facing criticism of playing a role in the extrajudicial killings.
A senior politician and local residents allegedly accused the security forces of killing the Muslim victims.
“One of the women [victims at the gravesite] has been identified; she was arrested by people who introduced themselves as the Kenya police, I really don’t know who is fooling who, but as Muslims we are living in fear,” Abdi Fatah, a resident from Mandera town, told Anadolu Agency via telephone.
“We have been crying that we are being targeted, but report after report, no one comes to our aid; all the human rights groups have said that this is happening,” Fatah said.
Senator Billow Kerrow from Mandera also strongly condemned the murders, rejecting security forces’ assessment of “clan conflict” as a possible cause for the killings.
“The discovery of mass graves in Mandera yesterday evening is a clear indication that this evil process of extermination of suspects in total disregard of due process is the norm rather the exception,” Billow said.
Kenyan security forces denied the accusations
“The discovery of mass graves in Mandera yesterday evening is a clear indication that this evil process of extermination of suspects in total disregard of due process is the norm rather the exception,” he added.
A 2014 UN report also noted that since 2010 there have been a large number of extrajudicial killings in the country.