Garissa protesters 'call for end' to al-Shabaab
03 April 2015, 18:38
Garissa - Protesters gathered in the town of Garissa on Friday to ‘call for the end’ of terrorist group al-Shabaab, a day after a brutal terror attack on Garissa University claimed 147 lives.
On Thursday, masked gunmen stormed a university campus in Garissa, Kenya at dawn, shooting indiscriminately in one of the country’s worst ever terror attacks.
The incident has since claimed 147 lives, with the death toll likely to rise, a Kenyan government official said.
Protesters of the small Kenyan town, which is only 150km from the Somali border, took to the streets on Friday to call for the end of the terror group, SkyNews reported.
Both Christian and Muslim residents participated in a united protest, following reports that al-Shabaab gunmen singled out Christian students in Thursday's attack.
The gunmen seemingly chose the day before Good Friday to 'possibly make a religious statement', SkyNews’s Alex Crawford said.
The small town, according to Crawford, is a fertile recruiting ground for al-Shabaab, due to its close proximity to the Somali border where the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist organisation is based.
South African President Jacob Zuma, meanwhile, condemned the terror attack, labelling it ‘barbaric’.
"Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned," Jacob Zuma said in a statement on Friday.
"South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism, and stands in solidarity with Kenya."