A young girl was shot dead by police during operations to quell protests against the re-election of KenyanPresident Uhuru Kenyatta, a witness said on Saturday.

“The girl was hit by a stray bullet while she was on a balcony as police were firing sporadic shots,” the witness, who only gave his first name, Eric, told Reuters.

A government official told reporters another man was killed in Kisumu county, centre of serious post-election ethnic violence in 2007 in which 1,200 people were killed and 600,000 displaced.

Kisumu’s main hospital was treating four people brought in overnight with gun-shot wounds and six who had been beaten by police, hospital records showed.

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NAN reports that Kenyatta secured a second term in office, results showed on Friday, setting off wild street celebrations by his supporters and protests in opposition strongholds in the capital and the west of the country.

Speaking after the result of Tuesday’s election was announced, Kenyatta offered an olive branch to the opposition, urging national unity and peace with rivals who have rejected the result and raised the prospect of street protests.

Many Kenyans fear a repeat of the violence that followed the 2007 disputed election, when about 1,200 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced as protests over the result led to ethnic killings.

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Kenyatta got 54.3 per cent of the vote, ahead of rival Raila Odinga who secured 44.7 per cent, according to election commission figures.

Nearly 80 per cent of the 19 million registered voters cast their ballots. (Reuters/NAN)

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