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1 October 2012

Kenya: Religious Leaders Condemn Nairobi Church Attack

Photo: Norbert Allen/The Star
Police officer patrolling along Majengo area near Masjid Musa mosque (file photo).

The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya has condemned Sunday's explosion attack that killed a child and wounded nine others at a church in Pangani, Nairobi terming it as an "act of cowardice."

Led by the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslim Secretary General Adan Wachu, the council expressed their condolences to the family of the nine year old boy who was killed during the incident.

It pointed out that no one should cite religion as a reason for the heinous crime which has been blamed on revenge attacks by Al Shabaab or their sympathizers here in the country.

"Generally, we have been having problems of perceptions that these types of crimes are associated with people who profess Islam as a religion which of course is not the case. Religion is a different thing all together. Terrorism and terrorists have no borders, its cross cutting and we condemn them," Wachu said.

"We also need to be sober as we address this issue and as we do so, we need to be careful and not allow our emotions to overcome reason."

The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya General Secretary Willy Mutiso called on worshipers to neither be afraid nor be consumed by the need for revenge.

"It is very easy for Christians or other people to target the Somalis but we want to believe that the Somalis are good people and that they have a right to be in this country like anyone else," he said.

"We do need however, to recognize that Kenya is at war with Al-Shabaab and that there is a major cost to pay," he stated.

"It is very easy for Christians or other people to target the Somalis but we want to believe that the Somalis are good people and that they have a right to be in this country like anyone else," he said.

He urged the government to take the necessary steps to beef up security in places of worship to minimise such incidents.

"We dislodged the Al-Shabaab; we have finally put Kismayu down and all for the interest of peace to set the people of Somali free. We have done a great contribution but it is wrong for us as a country to think that there will be no repercussions," he said.

The explosion went off at ACK St Polycarp Church on Juja Road, killing one child and wounded nine others who were attending a Sunday school service at about 10.30 am.

Police have said they suspect it is part of a revenge attacks carried out by members of Al Shabaab or their sympathizers after the militant group was driven out of their stronghold in Kismayu by the Kenya Defence Forces.

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