The international community yesterday stood by Kenya and condemned the Westgate Mall terror attack by suspected al Shabaab militants. They described the attack as an act of cowardice.
"The members of the Security Council reaffirm that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed," read a United Nations Security Council statement from New York.
The African Union, in a statement by its chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said the attacks have reinvigorated efforts to combat terrorism throughout the continent. She said the AU will not relent in its efforts to stabilise Somalia and the fight against al Shabaab through its mission Amisom, which Kenya Defence Forces are part of.
The United States of America termed the attack as "unspeakable evil". The US Embassy Public Affairs Section said the attack comes at a time when America is preparing to host world leaders for the UN General Assembly which starts today in New York. America said it lost a member of its State Department family in the attack.
Canada said it has lost one of its public servants, Annemarie Desloges, who was working at the country's High Commission in Nairobi under Citizenship and Immigration. "Canada condemns this senseless act of violence in the strongest of terms, and we call on Kenyan authorities to bring the perpetrators of this terrorist attack to justice," it said in a statement released by Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, Citizenship and Immigration minister Chris Alexander and Public Safety minister Steven Blaney.