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Kenya vows anti-terror measures

07 September 2014, 10:02

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday vowed to forge ahead with anti-terrorism measures to ensure that the country is secure.

In a statement issued in response to the death of Ahmed Abdi Godane, leader and cofounder of Al-Shabaab, in Somalia early this week, Kenyatta thanked the U.S. for killing Godane, who was responsible for the perpetration of the attack on Westgate last year in which over 67 civilians were killed.

"His (Godane) death is a stark reminder that those who live by the sword shall perish by the sword," Kenyatta said.

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His statement came a day after Washington confirmed the death of Godane who was the head of the Somali terrorist group responsible for killing dozens in Westgate shopping market last year. Washington also called the death of Godane "a major symbolic and operational loss" for Al-Qaida's largest and deadliest affiliate in Africa.

U.S. drones struck inside of Somalia on Monday night in an effort to kill Godane, but American intelligence was not able to immediately confirm whether the operation was a success. The confirmation was announced on Friday in a statement from the Pentagon.

At least three strikes hit a convoy of the militants' vehicles in southern Somalia on Monday night. At least six Al-Shabaab fighters had been killed in the strikes.

Kenyatta recalled that in August 2013, armed terrorists entered the Westgate mall and committed "some of the most savage crimes ever perpetrated on Kenyan soil."

"Kenya, with its partners and allies, will do everything it can to secure itself and the region. And we will stand in solidarity with the victims of the Westgate attack, for whom Godane's death provides a small measure of closure," Kenya vowed.

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The head of Al-Shabaab assumed the leadership of the terrorist group in 2008 after then chief Adan Hashi Ayro was killed by a U.S. missile strike.

Godane, who is also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, was Al- Shabaab's spiritual leader who led the Somali militants to forge an alliance with Al-Qaida.

- Xinhua

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