Africa

Kenyan police open fire to disperse protesting students

Riot police fired live ammunition and tear gas to disperse Kenyan university students protesting over road safety.

Multi Media University students Tuesday protested the death of one of their colleagues in an accident over the weekend when a minibus taxi overturned. The taxis, called matatus, are Nairobi's main source of public transportation. About 100 students accused the matatu drivers of reckless driving which they allege is not stopped by police.

Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome said two students, two police officers and two guards sustained injuries in the melee.

The National Transport and Safety Authority says the total number of people killed in in the first three months of 2016 increased from 2,699 in 2015 to 3,932 in 2016.