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President Kenyatta vows to eliminate terrorists

25 March 2014, 08:15

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday vowed to wipe out terrorism in the country, warning those engaging in terror activities of dire consequences.

Kenyatta, who was en route to Tanzania for a two-day official visit aimed at enhancing regional cooperation, warned criminals who have caused fears among members of the public that their days are numbered.

Speaking for the first time since armed terrorists shot dead six worshipers at a church in Mombasa on Sunday, Kenyatta said he was aggrieved by the actions of the criminals and vowed to use state machinery to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

"Those who think they can use religion to kill and cause divisions I tell them, not in Kenya. Let them look for another country," said the President when he addressed residents of Kitengela on his way to Arusha.

"The Likoni church attack pained me and we are coming for you," Kenyatta said in reference to the terrorists who stormed the Joyland Church in the coastal city on Sunday and killed six people and injuring 17 others.

Kenya has grappled with a security breakdown this year as cases of armed robberies, kidnappings and murder in cities and rural villages reached a crises level.

Crime has surged to record levels in Nairobi and its environs as armed gangsters raid homes and business premises.

Kenyans have complained that run away crime has spiked in the light of influx of small arms, weak policing and indifference by members of the public who rarely report criminals in their midst.

The police are questioning more than 100 suspects who were arrested following a gun attack on the church. The police mounted a massive crackdown and arrested the suspects recovering several crude weapons within Likoni area.

The police have also termed the seizure of an assortment of illegal arms and improvised explosive devices in Mombasa last week as a breakthrough in the war on terrorism.

The president announced that security agencies will take the sternest of actions against those engaging in terror activities. He emphasized that those aiding the terrorists in any way will also face the law.

"I want to be categorical here, we will not allow criminals to hide under the umbrella of religion to harm the people of Kenya. And we do not want people to say we are targeting a religion, we only want to bring to justice the criminals," he said.

Earlier last week police in Mombasa foiled a terror plot in which pipe bombs hidden in a car were to be used to attack an unspecified target in the coastal town.

The president said the government has to work to deliver on the promises it made to Kenyans and does not have time to engage in endless politics.

- Xinhua

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