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Deadly unrest in capital

September 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Rioters angry over political and land issues clashed with government forces for a second day, and at least six people were killed in the capital, Kampala, and an outlying area.

The violence, which has killed 13 people, stems from disputes between the government and members of the Buganda, one of Uganda's four ancient kingdoms. Members of the Buganda ethnic group have clashed previously with the government over land rights.

Barricades of burning tires were erected in Kampala as stone-throwing mobs roamed the streets, underlining growing tensions in a nation hailed for its relative stability and economic growth. Some unemployed people also reportedly joined the rioting.

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