Annan Meets Kenyan Opposition Amid Killings

NAIVASHA, Kenya -- Ethnic clashes killed at least 10 people in Kenya's Rift Valley on Sunday as former UN chief Kofi Annan met opposition leader Raila Odinga to try to resolve a month-long crisis that has claimed 750 lives.

A reporter in Naivasha counted ten bodies, six burnt and four hacked to death as members of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe fought running battles with Luos and Kalenjins who back his rival Odinga.

Odinga put the death toll higher, saying 30 people had been burned to death and blaming the government for trying to divert attention away from the electoral dispute.

"What is now emerging is that criminal gangs, on a killing spree, working under police protection, are part of a well orchestrated plan of terror to spread and escalate the levels of violence," Odinga said in a statement.

Two truckloads of soldiers were deployed as sporadic gunfire rang out and smoke poured from torched homes and vehicles. Barricades blocked Kenya's main western highway outside the town and police turned back cars heading towards the area.

Shooting continued late into the day.

"It is as if every tribe is against us, and no one is protecting us," said Dominic Karanja, a Kikuyu watching troops dismantle roadblocks that he had helped build.