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Al-Shabaab told to face KDF not innocent Kenyans

04 April 2015, 15:45 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Muslim clerics have condemned the mass killing of Garissa University students and told the Al-Shabaab militants to confront the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) “if they are real men.”

The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslim (SUPKEM) clerics said the Garissa terror attack has nothing to do with Islam since terrorists are radicalized with Jihad teachings that are contrary to Islam as a religion.

The clerics led by their national vice chair, Sheikh Sirat warned citizens against bowing to the Al-Shabaab’s intention of being divided along religious lines, a strategy they use in Somalia and other terrorists have used in Nigeria among other countries in the world.

“Islam is not terrorism but peace. Islamic Jihad has nothing to do with heinous killings. Those terrorists will not go unpunished. The blood of innocent children and tears of their families will hount them,” said Sirat.

The clerics who had joined the affected Garissa attack families waiting to identify bodies of their children at a morgue in Nairobi said Islam followers in the country are almost drawn from all communities, thus, asked the diverse religious followers to remain strong and united.

“We not only condemn terrorists associating themselves with Islam whenever an attack occurs but we are going in every county informing the public what Islam means to avoid the terrorists’ radicalized teachings,” said Sirat.

“We ask Kenyans and Muslims to help strengthen the Nyumba Kumi initiative, timely report any terror suspects to security officers, not be divided along ethnic lines and support the government’s initiatives in the fight against terrorism,” he added.

The clerics said they are in support of the curfew imposed on Garissa and other parts of North Eastern region following the terror attack that claimed 148 lives of students and security officers while over 100 students left nursing injuries.

The Muslim clerics even asked the government to extend the curfew to other volatile parts of the country to until the security situation improves.

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