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Election riots hit migori town (Kenya)

About 100 people have been killed across Kenya in violence blamed on the disputed presidential election.

A BBC reporter at a mortuary in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu saw 43 bodies with gunshot wounds. A witness said police had shot protesters.

There were running battles in Nairobi slums, and violence was reported in the coastal town of Mombasa.

Mwai Kibaki was officially re-elected president while Raila Odinga says he was robbed of victory by voting fraud.

See how the vote was split around the country

Mr Odinga has called for a million-strong rally by supporters in Nairobi on Thursday.

Police banned his supporters from holding a mass alternative inauguration ceremony in the centre of the capital on Monday, a day after Mr Kibaki was sworn into office again.

In his New Year's message, the president urged reconciliation but warned that his government would "deal decisively with those who breach the peace".

On Sunday, Washington congratulated President Kibaki on his victory, but a state department official declined on Monday to repeat these congratulations when asked by reporters.

The US Ambassador to Nairobi, Michael Ranneberger, told the BBC there had been serious problems in a minority of constituencies but he said this did not necessarily mean the election had been rigged.

Live rounds

Shortly after first light, thousands of angry Odinga supporters started setting fire to buildings in Nairobi's vast Kibera slum while gangs of youths blockaded a nearby main road.

Police fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters armed with clubs and machetes, and residents were allegedly warned to stay indoors or be shot.

In the coastal town of Mombasa, angry crowds on the streets set fire to cars and buildings and at one point hundreds of frightened tourists were trapped at the airport, unable to leave by plane or road.

International news agencies have counted at least 100 deaths across Kenya, either in clashes between protesters and security forces, or ethnic violence

* An AFP news agency count puts the death toll in Kisumu at 53 and that in Nairobi's slums at 48

* Seven people were killed in Nakuru, in the Rift Valley, and three in the western city of Kakamega

* At least two people were killed in Mombasa

* At least two people were killed in the Nairobi slum of Korogocho

'Peaceful mass action'

Mr Odinga said he and his colleagues would not be intimidated by violence, and he urged people to join mass, peaceful protests at the election result.

Mwai Kibaki (pictured): 4,584,721 votes
Raila Odinga: 4,352,993
Kalonzo Musyoka: 879,903

"We are calling our people to conduct themselves constitutionally and we are therefore going to call for mass action countrywide, peaceful mass action, peaceful demonstrations," he said.

"We will march wearing black arm bands because we are mourning."

Those killed in Kisumu include two women and three children, the BBC's Noel Mwakugu reports.

Police fired indiscriminately, even after the protesters started running away in the Kisumu suburbs of Manyatta and Nyamasira, an eye-witness told him.

Local police chief Grace Kahindi said she had no knowledge of any deaths.

A daytime curfew (0600-1800 local time, 0300-1500 GMT) was imposed in the town.

Some of the violence took an ethnic dimension with the Luo community seen as pro-Odinga and the Kikuyus viewed as Kibaki supporters.

Results changed

European Union monitors were barred from counting centres in the Central Province, chief EU election observer Alexander Graf Lambsdorff told the BBC.

Results declared by the electoral commission in Nairobi from one constituency differed from those announced locally, he said.

He reported seeing altered voting forms where "all the changes favoured the same candidate".

Anomalies amounted to 20,000-25,000 votes in one constituency alone, he continued.

Mr Kibaki's national margin of victory was 230,000 votes.

Elections chief Samuel Kivuitu has admitted some problems, including a reported voter turnout of 115% in one constituency, the Associated Press reports.

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