Kenya police accused of abuse, torture, rape of Somali refugees after terror attacks

An international human rights group accuses Kenyan policemen of raping, beating, and extorting money from refugees of Somali origin.

Human Rights Watch in a report released Wednesday said police arrested more than 1,000 asylum seekers between mid-November and late January.

Kenya was hit by a string of grenade attacks last year in Nairobi's Eastleigh area, which is highly populated by Somali immigrants. The Somali militant group al-Shabab had vowed to carry out attacks on Kenya because it sent troops into Somalia in 2011 to fight the rebels.

The rights group says police used the attacks and a government order to relocate urban refugees to camps as an excuse to carry out the abuses.

Kenya police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi could not be reached for comment.