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Kenya attackers "embedded" in nation's Muslim community - President

Saturday, April 04, 2015 - 01:54

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta calls on the nation's Muslims to help prevent radicalization, after al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 148 people at a university. Pavithra George reports.

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Emotions run high as survivors of the massacre in Garissa reunite with their families---nearly a full day after being held captive by al Shabaab gunmen who killed almost 150 people, mostly Christians, in one of the worst attacks on Kenyan soil. President Uhuru Kenyatta said the militants were "deeply embedded" in Kenya and called on the country's Muslims to fight the rise of radical Islam in the country. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KENYAN PRESIDENT, UHURU KENYATTA, SAYING: "The radicalization that breeds terrorism is not conducted in the bush at night. It occurs in the full glare of day, in homes, in madrases and in Mosques with rogue Imams. We must ask the question: Where are the parents and families of those who are being radicalized? Where is the community leadership? Where is the political leadership? Where is the religious leadership? The government must get the information and cooperation of all these parties if we are to effectively combat the terrorists." Many in Nairobi attended a vigil to remember the victims of Thursday's carnage that al Shabaab said was revenge- not just for for Kenya's military presence in neighboring Somalia, but also what they said was the mistreatment of Kenyan Muslims that make up 10 percent of the country's population. Muslim leaders were quick to condemn the attack ---saying the gunmen did not represent Islam. Kenya's foreign secretary Amina Mohamed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KENYA'S FOREIGN SECRETARY, AMINA MOHAMED, SAYING: "They are not Islamists, they are just evil criminals who need to be addressed and exposed as such, every time we give them any iota or any shred of respectability then we defeat our own cause and so please don't call them Islamists they are not Islamists." Al Shabaab has warned of more attacks like the one in Garissa- putting Christian congregations in Kenya on alert and increasing pressure on the Kenyatta government to protect its people.

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Kenya attackers "embedded" in nation's Muslim community - President

Saturday, April 04, 2015 - 01:54