US slams 'heinous' Kenya church attacks

2012-07-02 07:47
An armed Kenyan policeman walks inside the African Inland Church, as a body of one of those killed in the attack lies on the ground underneath church pews, in Garissa, Kenya. (AP)

An armed Kenyan policeman walks inside the African Inland Church, as a body of one of those killed in the attack lies on the ground underneath church pews, in Garissa, Kenya. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Kenya church attacks

2012-07-02 09:51

Masked attackers killed at least 17 people in a gun and grenade attack on churches in a Kenyan town used as a base for operations against al-Qaeda linked insurgents in Somalia.WATCH

kalahari.com

Washington - The United States strongly condemned on Sunday "heinous" attacks on churches in Kenya that left 17 people dead and dozens wounded in a town near the Somali border.

Assailants wearing balaclavas burst into two churches in Garissa, targeting worshippers with firearms and grenades. Witnesses said bodies lay scattered on the floor inside the two churches.

"The United States strongly condemns the recent attacks on innocent civilians attending church services in Kenya," White House spokesperson Jay Carney said in a statement, offering condolences to the victims' families.

"The perpetrators of these attacks have shown no respect for human life and dignity, and must be brought to justice for these heinous acts," he said.

"At a time of transition, peace and stability are essential to Kenya's progress. We support those who recognise Kenya's ethnic and religious diversity as one of the country's greatest strengths," Carney noted.

"We stand with the Kenyan people at this difficult time."

Kenya has suffered a spate of gun, grenade and bomb attacks since sending troops into southern Somalia last October to target Shabaab rebels fighting to overthrow the weak UN-backed government in the Horn of Africa state.

Canada also condemned the "vicious and cowardly" church attacks, with Foreign Minister John Baird saying he was "deeply saddened" to hear about the deaths and pledging his country's "solidarity with the Kenyan people".

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, whose disputed re-election five years ago sparked bloody ethnic violence, has vowed to ensure an orderly handover of power when he steps down next year.

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  mwai kibaki  |  kenya  |  us  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Cape Town - 06:24 AM
    Road name: N2 Inbound
    SLOW TRAFFIC between Duinefontein Road and the Jan Smuts Drive exit
  • Wednesday Cape Town - 06:22 AM
    Road name: N2 Inbound
    DELAYS between the R300 Highway and the Satellite Station
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 8520

Wi-Fi enabled With the BlackBerry Curve 8520 connect to your home...

From R1100.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may find yourself fascinated by something which could draw you in to obsessively exploring this subject in depth....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.