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Kenyatta condemns attack on Somalia presidential compound

24 February 2014, 20:00

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday condemned the previous day's attack on the presidential compound in neighboring Somalia.

Kenyatta said in a statement that the terrorist attack was against the Somali people, their institutions and their religion and called on the international to intensify war against terrorism.

"I condemn in the strongest terms possible the cowardly attack on Villa Somalia on Feb. 21. The attack was against the Somali people, their institutions and their religion. The war against terrorism must be intensified," Kenyatta said.

The Kenyan leader extended his sympathies to all those who lost lives and wished quick recovery to the injured.

Somalia's Al-Shabaab militant group has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack which they said was aimed at killing the president.

The attack came just days after Al-Shabaab raided a UN convoy near the Mogadishu airport.

Kenya and Somalia have renewed their commitment to the fight against Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaida.

Deputy President William Ruto and Somali Prime Minister Abdiwelli Sheikh Ahmed met in Nairobi on Wednesday, saying their governments, under the arrangement of the East African bloc IGAD and the African peacekeeping mission in Somalia AMISOM, would defeat all terrorist groups and bring stability to the Horn of Africa nation.

Twelve people including three soldiers and nine attackers were killed in the suicide bomb attack on the presidential palace Friday in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

- Xinhua


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