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Hundreds protest against alleged police killings in Kenya

  • Hundreds of Kenyans including human rights activists, lawyers and taxi operators hold a peaceful protest in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, July 4, 2016. against alleged pervasive killings and disappearances linked to police.  Three police officers accused of abduction, torture and killing three men are to be charged later Monday, after the bodies of victims were pulled out of a river last week.(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

    Hundreds of Kenyans including human rights activists, lawyers and taxi operators hold a peaceful protest in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, July 4, 2016. against alleged pervasive killings and disappearances linked to police. Three police officers accused of abduction, torture and killing three men are to be charged later Monday, after the bodies of victims were pulled out of a river last week.(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hundreds of Kenyans including human rights activists, lawyers and taxi operators hold a peaceful protest in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, July 4, 2016. against alleged pervasive killings and disappearances linked to police.  Three police officers accused of abduction, torture and killing three men are to be charged later Monday, after the bodies of victims were pulled out of a river last week. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

    Hundreds of Kenyans including human rights activists, lawyers and taxi operators hold a peaceful protest in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, July 4, 2016. against alleged pervasive killings and disappearances linked to police. Three police officers accused of abduction, torture and killing three men are to be charged later Monday, after the bodies of victims were pulled out of a river last week. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hundreds of Kenyans including human rights activists, lawyers and taxi operators hold a peaceful protest in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, July 4, 2016. against alleged pervasive killings and disappearances linked to police.  Three police officers accused of abduction, torture and killing three men are to be charged later Monday, after the bodies of victims were pulled out of a river last week.(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

    Hundreds of Kenyans including human rights activists, lawyers and taxi operators hold a peaceful protest in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, July 4, 2016. against alleged pervasive killings and disappearances linked to police. Three police officers accused of abduction, torture and killing three men are to be charged later Monday, after the bodies of victims were pulled out of a river last week.(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of Kenyans including human rights activists, lawyers and taxi operators peacefully protested against what they said are pervasive killings linked to police, as a court ordered that three police officers be held for two weeks on charges they murdered three men.

Demonstrators Monday demanded an end to extra judicial executions by police, which they said are common.

Monday's protests were sparked off by the murder of three men, including a human rights lawyer, linked to the three officers.

Lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri bodies' were pulled out of a river Friday after being missing since June 23. Kimani was defending Mwenda against several charges human rights activists say were fabricated to cover up that a policeman illegally shot him in April 2015.