Denunciation Continues Against Garissa Killings

The Al-Shabab attack on Garissa University on April 2, 2015 killed 148 people.

The international community has joined Kenyans both Christians and Muslims to denounce Thursday, April 2, 2015 al-Shabab attack on the Garissa University in which 148 people, almost all of them students perished and 79 other people injured. Sunni Islam’s most respected seat of learning, Cairo’s al-Azhar University, has also condemned the attack, BBC reported. In Kenya, people took to the streets to protest the killings and reject the idea that al-Shabab had succeeded in dividing the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, April 4, 2015 declared three days of national mourning. In this connection, Easter ceremonies in the country were reportedly held yesterday to remember those who died in the attack and flags said to be flying at half-mast. Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to “fight terrorism to the end” and said the militants would not succeed in their aim of creating an Islamic caliphate in Kenya. He reportedly further said that, “We will do everything to defend our way of life.”

Four gunmen were killed in the repost by security forces and officials say they had been holding five people for questioning, one of whom is believed to be a university security guard. Kenyan Red Cross reportedly said that so far 54 of the victims have been identified by relatives at a morgue in the capital, Nairobi. The bodies were flown to Nairobi for identification, as local mortuaries have been unable to cope, and many of the students killed came from other parts of the country.

Buses were said to be transporting more than 600 students and about 50 staff who survived the attacks to their hometowns. Many survivors reportedly have been reunited with their families at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium which has been set up as a disaster centre.

Source : Cameroon Tribune

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