EAST AFRICAN BLOC IGAD CALLS FOR EFFORTS TO CURB TERRORISM AFTER KENYA ATTACK

NAIROBI, East African bloc Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) condemned the attack on a hotel and an office complex in Kenya, calling for joint efforts to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from the region.

Mahboub Maalim, IGAD executive secretary, also expressed confidence that the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of the attack will be brought to justice as soon as possible.

“Such barbaric attacks must not be allowed to weaken our collective determination to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from our region,” Maalim said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed 21 civilians were killed and several others injured after the deadly attack.

Maalim expressed the regional bloc’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved and wished quick and full recovery to the injured.

He reaffirmed IGAD’s solidarity with the people and Kenyan government in their fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

The official also lauded the gallantry of Kenyan security forces and emergency services for their swift response to the attack, noting that their action helped save many lives.

Source: NAM News Network