Raila’s appeal to international community after Riverside terror attack

AU envoy Raila Odinga has appealed to the international community to continue standing with Kenya and ensure that militants are defeated globally.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Raila said the terrorists thrive on division.

“We must reject all divisions because this is what terrorists thrive on. They create space by causing suspicions and we must reject such attempts..  the terrorist did not know about the tribes, religion or origin of individuals,” he said.

Raila said the militants’ mission was to cause pain and fear but noted that Kenyans survival depends on standing together against dooms of evil.

AU Envoy Raila Odinga reads a message of condolence to the families of the victims of the terror attack at Dusit. He is flanked by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka at Capitol Hill, January 16, 2019. /LUKE AWICH

“All indications are that as a nation, despite persisting challenges in regard to securing our homeland we are learning and getting wiser with every unfortunate attack,” he said.

“Our goal should remain to completely keep these forces of evil out of our borders.”

“As citizens, we must continue working with security officers, and to the terrorists, you shall never intimidate our spirit by your beastly acts,” he said.

“Kenyans have discharged their commitment without looking over their shoulders.”

Raila said Kenya shall continue discharging its obligations to its citizens.

“The fallen victims are our heroes on the war against continued international terrorism,” he added.

Earlier, President Uhuru Kenya said security forces had killed all the militants who stormed 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi.

Uhuru said 14 civilians were confirmed dead and more than 700 had been safely evacuated.

The attack on the DusitD2 hotel began shortly after 3 pm on Tuesday with an explosion in the parking lot then a suicide bombing in the foyer, police said.

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