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Eleven elderly people accused of being witches have been burned to death by a mob in the west of Kenya, police say.
A security operation has been launched to hunt down villagers suspected of killing them in Kisii District.
The BBC's Muliro Telewa in the region says the gang had a list of the victims and picked them out individually.
Residents have been ambivalent about condemning the attacks because belief in witchcraft is widespread in the area, he says.
But local official Mwangi Ngunyi spoke out against the murders.
"People must not take the law into their own hands simply because they suspect someone," he told AFP news agency.
Horror of Kenya's 'witch' lynchings
I can't see clearly what is going on, but heavy smoke is rising from the ground and a horrible stench fills the air. More people are streaming up the hill, some of them with firewood and maize stalks. Suddenly an old woman breaks from the crowd, screaming for mercy. Three or four people go after her, beat her and drag her back, pushing her onto - what I can now see - is a raging fire. Burned alive I was witnessing a horrific practice which appears to be on the increase in Kenya - the lynching of people accused of being witches. I personally saw the burning alive of five elderly men and women in Itii village.