Crime & Investigation

Westgate Attack: Uganda Rules Out Pulling Troops From Somalia


sickness geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>At least 59 people have so far been killed and 175 injured in the clashes between security forces and the Al Shabaab terrorists at the upscale shopping mall.

there geneva;”>Uganda government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said Sunday “Uganda and the international community will not retreat from Somalia.”

He said President Yoweri Museveni, who is in New York, US, for the United Nations General Assembly,” and the government of Uganda “condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks of Al-Shabab in Kenya.”

He added: “Uganda sends heartfelt condolences to the people of Kenya.”

Opondo’s statement comes after Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the Kenya attack, saying, “When justice is denied, it must be enforced.”

The Somalia terrorists said “Kenyans were relatively safe in their cities before they invaded us and killed Muslims,” adding, “Kenyans will not appreciate the gravity of the situation without seeing, feeling and experiencing death in all its ghoulish detail.”

Kenya recently contributed troops to AMISOM thus flushing terrorists from several towns in Somalia.

Al Shabaab said “When Kenyan forces kill innocent Muslims in Somalia, it’s tolerated, even praised, but when few injuries touch them they cry foul.”

They further said the “Mujahideen are still firmly in control of the situation inside Westgate Mall. Negotiation is out of the question”

Joseph Ole Lenku, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in charge of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government on Sunday said the situations remained “very fragile” and that the Mall “remains a security zone.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday said terrorism would be defeated.

“We have overcome terrorist attacks before. In fact, we have fought courageously and defeated them within and outside our borders. We will defeat them again. Terrorism in and of itself, is the philosophy of cowards,” said Uhuru.

“The way we lead our lives; in freedom, openness, unity and consideration for each other represents our victory over all those who wish us ill. We are as brave and invincible as the lions on our Coat of Arms.”


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