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Kenya Red Cross confirm all 94 missing
persons have been found after terror attack

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A Kenyan charity said Thursday all the 94 cases of people who were reported missing after the attack on a business complex in Nairobi have been closed positively.

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said the 94 were accounted for by midday on Thursday, adding that it has now embarked on counseling of survivors and relatives of the 21 people who were killed.

"Counseling sessions have so far been provided to 595 individuals and the Kenya Red Cross psychosocial teams continue to pitch camp at Chiromo mortuary to attend to more people in need of counseling," the charity said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The move came as the police said on Wednesday that the attack at 14 Riverside Drive complex claimed 21 lives and left many with injuries.
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Somalia says ready for regional cooperation to fight terrorism

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said Thursday his administration is ready to partner with regional countries in the fight against global terrorism.

Farmajo said he spoke on phone with his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta whose country was attacked by al-Shabab on Tuesday resulting in the death of 21 people and several injuries, and expressed solidarity with Kenya in this difficult time.

The Somali leader whose country is facing terror attacks from terrorist group al-Shabab also condemned the attack which seemed to target expatriates working for multinational companies located in Kenya.

"The government of Somalia is always ready to cooperate with our neighbors in all efforts to stop, eliminate and defeat the evil of terrorism," Farmajo said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Government and the People of Kenya at this tragic time.

"Kenya is an important ally and a brotherly neighbor.

"Such heinous acts only serve to embolden our joint quest to vanquish terror," he said in his Twitter account.

Somali terrorist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the Tuesday attack.

The militant group claimed the Nairobi attack was a response to the "witless remarks" of U.S. President Donald Trump and his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to the "systematic prosecution of Muslims in Palestine."
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Nigerian president condemns terrorist attack in Kenya

LAGOS Nigeria (Xinhua) -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the deadly terrorist attack on a hotel and office complex in Nairobi.

In a condolence message issued in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday, the Nigerian leader commiserated with the government and people of Kenya, describing the attack as wicked, cruel and dastardly by evil people.

Buhari assured Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta that the thoughts of the people of Nigeria are with Kenyans at this moment of their national grief.

Buhari called on well-meaning members of the international community to rally round Kenyans to overcome the scourge of terrorism "because any terrorist attack on one country is an attack on all countries."

The number of people killed when terrorists struck an upscale hotel and business complex in Nairobi on Tuesday has risen to 21, the police said on Wednesday night.

The Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group has been targeting Kenya-Somalia border areas and killing innocent citizens since Kenyan soldiers entered Somalia in 2011 to secure the two countries’ shared border.
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India strongly condemns terrorist attack in Kenya

NEW DELHI India (Xinhua) -- India on Thursday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a hotel in Kenya on Tuesday which left 21 people dead.

"India strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Dusit D2 Hotel and offices complex in Nairobi on Jan. 15 which caused loss of innocent lives.

"We stand in solidarity with Kenya at this juncture," said a statement issued by India’s External Affairs Ministry.

"We express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Kenya and wish early recovery to the injured," it added.

At least five militants reportedly stormed the Dusit D2 hotel and started indiscriminate firing on Tuesday.

Kenyan police said the 21 victims included 16 Kenyans, one British, one American and three unidentified persons of African descent.
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Thai PM sends message of condolences to Kenya on Dusit complex attack

BANGKOK Thailand (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had sent a message of condolences to Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya on the Dusit hotel complex attack in Nairobi on Tuesday, the Thai foreign ministry said on Thursday.

In his message of condolences, the prime minister said he learned with deep sorrow of the incident concerning a group of armed assailants attacking the Dusit complex on Tueday, which resulted in the loss of innocent lives and injuries.

On behalf of the government and the people of Thailand, Prayut said he wished to extend his deepest sympathy and condolences to the Kenyan president and through him to the bereaved families of those who were affected by this terrorist act.

He said Thailand remains firmly committed to cooperating closely with the international community in the global fight against terrorism.
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Kenya’s transformation agenda on course despite terror jitters: officials

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya will hasten implementation of its agenda for economic growth and social transformation despite tremors triggered by a terrorist attack at an upmarket business complex in Nairobi, officials said on Thursday.

Joe Mucheru, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, said that Tuesday’s terrorist attack at the 14 Riverside Drive that houses luxurious hotel chain DusitD2 and offices for multinational companies, has not disrupted ongoing programs to revive the economy and promote national unity.

"The country has picked up pieces after the terrorist attack and there is overwhelming support locally and abroad towards our agenda for growth," Mucheru remarked at a press briefing held in Nairobi.

Kenya was in the global spotlight this week when Somalia-based militants al-Shabab attacked the Dusit business complex, killing 21 people including a police officer.

The terrorist attack at the premier business complex bore resemblance to the one carried out by al-Shabab at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall in September 2013 where 67 people lost their lives.

Mucheru said Kenya has learnt from previous terrorist attacks to upgrade its response strategy and minimize damage to livelihoods.

"Our security forces moved swiftly to neutralize the assailants and managed to evacuate 700 civilians to safety.

"The civilians came out strongly to send positive messages that reinforced the narrative of our huge potential," said Mucheru.

He lauded foreign governments for refraining from issuing travel advisories in the wake of the latest terror attack, adding that Kenya remained a favorite tourist destination in spite of the security challenges.

Fatuma Hirsi, principal secretary of the State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunication, said that Kenya has addressed gaps in the national counter-terrorism strategy to ensure future attacks are contained swiftly and cause minimal disruption to economic activities.

"We are aware that terrorism is a global problem not restricted to Kenya and other African countries hence our resolve to ensure the evil does not overshadow positive developments in the country," said Hirsi.

She noted that investors’ confidence remained high in the wake of the latest terrorist attack thanks to swift response from security apparatus.
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SEE ALSO:

Kenyan vulnerability to attacks remaining High despite vigilance

United Nations chief condemns 'al shabaab' terrorism in Nairobi

President Kenyatta confirms 'Terror attack is now officially over'

             

 

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