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More Violence in Western Kenya After Opposition Lawmaker Killed

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An opposition lawmaker has been killed in Kenya, triggering more protests and violence and interrupting talks to try to end weeks of post-election violence.

David Too was shot Thursday by a police traffic officer in the Rift Valley city of Eldoret. Police say the killing was a crime of passion, related to a dispute about the officer's girlfriend. But leaders of the opposition say it was an assassination designed to reduce the party's numbers in parliament.

After the killing, police in Eldoret clashed with angry residents, leaving at least one person dead and several injured.

The lawmaker's death led Kenya's feuding political parties to postpone their second day of talks brokered by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The current UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, says he will travel to Nairobi Friday to help Mr. Annan.

Too's death comes two days after gunmen killed another opposition legislator, Mugabe Were, at his home in Nairobi.

About 850 people have died in violence triggered by Kenya's disputed presidential election last month.

The US State Department on Thursday urged Americans to avoid traveling to western Kenyan cities and authorized its non-emergency personnel to relocate to Nairobi.

Kenya's opposition Orange Democratic Movement accuses President Mwai Kibaki of rigging the December 27th vote to ensure his re-election.

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