Prayers Held Across Kenya for Victims of Westgate Terror Attack

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Prayers are being held across Kenya, for the victims of the Westgate Mall, terror attack.
Gunmen, yesterday attacked Westgate, a high end mall in Nairobi, at around noon shooting to death at least 39 people and taking more than 30 others hostage.
The attack, also left more than 150 people injured and are admitted to various city hospitals.
By 10 am on Sunday morning, the security forces had secured the first and second floor of the building but were reportedly meeting resistance from the 3rd and 4th floor.
President Uhuru Kenyata has condemned the attack and appealed for calm.
“I ask God to give all of you courage, as you confront this tragedy, and I want to assure you that we will once again defeat them” President Uhuru Kenyata noted in his message to the nation.
The Somalia based militias Al-shabaab have claimed responsibility for the attack through a post on their twitter handle.
Kenya Red Cross has setup blood donation centers in, Nairiobi at Kencon Bus Stop, Christ the King Catholic Church in Nakuru and Kisumu Blood Transmission Center.
Meanwhile, prayers are being held in churches across Kenya for the victims of the attack.
The Continent Observer Correspondent, Joseph Elunya, who is in Kisumu reports that religious leaders from the various churches used their Sunday sermons to pray for the victims who were killed and the safety of the hostages.
At St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church Hambale in Vihinga district, the Parish Priest Conrad Otende, condemned the radicalization of the youths in the name of religion. He however warned that the government and the public should not condemn the attackers but reach out to them so that they can be changed.
Kenya has in the past experienced, similar terror attacks in 1998 and 2002.

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