Garissa protesters 'call for end' to Shabaab

2015-04-03 18:05
Protesters gather in the town of Garissa, Kenya to 'call for the end' of terror group al-Shabaab. (<a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>)

Protesters gather in the town of Garissa, Kenya to 'call for the end' of terror group al-Shabaab. (Twitter)

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Garissa - Protesters gathered in the town of Garissa on Friday to "call for the end" of al-Shabaab, a day after their brutal terror attack on Garissa University claimed 147 lives.

On Thursday, masked gunmen stormed a university campus in Garissa, Kenya, at dawn, shooting indiscriminately in one of the country’s worst ever terror attacks.

The incident has since claimed 147 lives, with the death toll likely to rise, a Kenyan government official said.

Protesters of the small Kenyan town, which is only 150km from the Somali border, took to the streets on Friday to call for the end of the group, SkyNews reported.

Both Christian and Muslim residents participated in a united protest, following reports that al-Shabaab gunmen singled out Christian students in Thursday's attack.

The gunmen seemingly chose the day before Good Friday to"'possibly make a religious statement", SkyNews’s Alex Crawford said.

The small town, according to Crawford, is a fertile recruiting ground for al-Shabaab, due to its close proximity to the Somali border where the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist organisation is based.

President Jacob Zuma, meanwhile, condemned the terror attack, labelling it "barbaric".

"Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned," Zuma said in a statement on Friday.

"South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism, and stands in solidarity with Kenya."

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  al-qaeda  |  jacob zuma  |  kenya  |  east africa  |  garissa attack

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