from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations (UN) has expressed solidarity with Kenya after the killing of 14 civilians in a terror attack on Tuesday.
The civilians lost their lives after the Islamist extremist group, Al-Shabaab, stormed a luxury hotel complex in the Westlands neighborhood of the capital Nairobi.
A suicide bomb blast and gun attacks culminated in the deaths.
María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the UN General Assembly, condemned the attack.
“I stand in solidarity especially with the victims of these acts of violence and with their families,” she said.
António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, also denounced the terror attack which he described as horrible.
“I express total solidarity with the people, the government, and the president of Kenya,” Guterres said during a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York
Addressing the nation on Wednesday (today), President Uhuru Kenyatta, said security forces remained on high alert.
“Multiple security efforts are underway to disrupt and defeat terrorist attacks,” he said.
The Somali-based Al-Shabab has carried out several attacks across East Africa in the past decade.
Kenya has been under attack after sending troops to stabilise Somalia from the Islamists’ insurgency.
Some 213 people were killed after the United States Embassy in Nairobi was bombed in 1998, in what is the worst attack in Kenya to date.
– CAJ News