Three people have died and several others injured following clashes over a piece of land in Athi River.
Police on Friday said they had arrested 100 people over the morning chaos and were set to appear before the Mavoko Law Courts later in the day.
According to witnesses and police officers who were deployed to the area, a gang of over 200 youth aboard four buses arrived at the land located opposite Green Park Estate and started asking people who have been living there to vacate.
“The men were armed with machetes and started forcing people out and then demolishing houses. Meanwhile, the people who were already residing in the area mobilised their youth and a fight ensued,” A police officer on the ground said.
He said some youths, who were yet to be known, had guns and started firing at the evicting gang, killing one and injuring others.
Two other people were hacked to death by the gang that was transported to the area from an unknown location.
They were bused by an unknown person, whose interest is yet to be established.
Land issues are emotive and the violence coming ahead of the August elections threatens peace at large. More police officers were mobilized to the scene as the violence escalated affecting traffic flow on the main Nairobi-Mombasa Highway.
Athi River OCS Peter Kiema said they arrested some of the attackers and defenders and locked them up at Machakos Police Station.