Kenyan marathon runner killed by arrow

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January 22, 2008 19:25

Kenyan marathon runner Wesley Ngetich was fatally shot with an arrow, the second international athlete to die as Kenya struggles with an explosion of postelection chaos, a sports official said Tuesday. David Okeyo, head of Athletics Kenya, the governing body for Kenyan sports, confirmed the death but had no details on the circumstances. Police had no immediate comment. A fellow athlete, however, said Ngetich was caught in the crossfire of a dispute between two ethnic groups Monday in Trans Mara, on the outskirts of Kenya's legendary Masai Mara game reserve. The death had nothing to do with the election violence, said William Yiampoy, a neighbor and one of Kenya's top 800-meter runners. "It's not true he died because of the election violence in Kenya," Yiampoy told The Associated Press, citing eyewitnesses in their village. He said a man from Ngetich's tribe had shot a boy with an arrow, and the other group was avenging the attack. Ngetich was hit accidentally, Yiampoy said.


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