Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders In Kenya Urge Unity After Garissa Massacre

A Red Cross worker comforts a mourner as bodies of the students killed in a Thursday (April 2) attack, arrive at the Chiromo Mortuary in Nairobi. At least 147 people died in an assault by Somali militants on a Kenyan university, as anger grew among local residents over what they say was a government failure to prevent bloodshed. REUTERS/Herman Kariuki courtesy Reuters
A Red Cross worker comforts a mourner as bodies of the students killed in a Thursday (April 2) attack, arrive at the Chiromo Mortuary in Nairobi. At least 147 people died in an assault by Somali militants on a Kenyan university, as anger grew among local residents over what they say was a government failure to prevent bloodshed. REUTERS/Herman Kariuki courtesy Reuters

As Good Friday services began here, Christian and Muslim leaders preached unity a day after a horrific terrorist attack at Garissa University College left 147 students dead, most of them Christians.

Al-Shabab, the Somalia-based Muslim insurgency, claimed responsibility for the massacre that began around 5:30 a.m. Thursday (April 2) as Muslims students were at mosque for morning prayers and Christian students were still asleep in their dorms.

The masked attackers — strapped with explosives and armed with AK-47s — stormed the dorms, took some hostages and gunned down others. When Kenyan security forces struck back, the attackers detonated explosives. Security forces killed four militants.

The Rev. Peter Karanja, general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Kenya, said the government and those responsible for security must start asking hard questions about what ails Kenya’s security system.

“It is our conviction that the folly of our homeland security is systemic and cannot be given cosmetic solutions,” said Karanja, who urged the international community to help confront these groups.

Anglican Archbishop Julius Kalu of Mombasa, a coastal city in southeastern Kenya, said the terrorists wanted to divide the country along religious lines.

“This must be resisted,” said Kalu while urging leaders to move to end religious, political and ethnic divides.

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SOURCE: Religion News Service
Fredrick Nzwili

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