Kenya attack 'barbaric' - SA govt

2015-04-03 14:59
President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg - The murder by al-Shabaab militants of 147 people at Kenya's Garissa University was barbaric and cowardly, the South African government said on Friday.

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

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

Zuma expressed his condolences to the Kenyan government, its people, and the victims' relatives. The African National Congress and Democratic Alliance called it senseless and appalling.

The Somali-based militants attacked the university in the early hours of Thursday morning. There were about 700 students on the campus at the time. Several were reportedly beheaded. Reuters reported the siege ended around 8pm that day.

Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre said all four attackers were killed. They were believed to be among the 147. At least 79 people were injured and 587 were evacuated from the campus, the Deutsche Presse Agentur reported.

Sixty-seven people were killed in an al-Shabaab attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall in September 2013.

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  jacob zuma  |  kenya  |  security

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