Kenya Starts 3 Days Of National Mourning

prescription geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In a televised address, the President yesterday said the killing of five terrorists with gunfire and seizure of 11 suspects, marked the “defeat of the enemy” and “in resolutely looking forward and never turning back, we have shown the world what our values can do.”

Insisting that “Kenya has stared down Evil and triumphed,” Kenyatta said he had declared 3 days of National Mourning starting Wednesday with official flags flying at half-mast.

“We will ensure that Kenya always retains its honour among nations. The glory of Kenya is the fruit of our collective labour. That is what our founding fathers inscribed in our National Anthem,” said Kenyatta, in a bid to reunite a nation fractured by fear and grief.

He said 6 security officers made the “ultimate sacrifice to defeat the criminals.”

Of the injured, 62 were operated on and remain hospitalized. Kenyatta said Forensic teams are still at work at the scene of the tragedy.


“I report with great sadness that 61 civilians lost their lives in the attack,” said the President.

He further observed that Kenya’s confrontation with the terrorists at Westgate Mall left 240 casualties.

An unknown number of bodies remains trapped in the rubble of three collapsed floors at the up market shopping complex.

“As we put this tragic period behind us, let us stay true to who we are. My resolve is strengthened by the certainty that I lead a nation of fine folk who deserve our best. Let us work in unity, in the spirit with which we defeated the monster of terrorism,” said Kenyatta.

“Unity will heal the wounds inflicted on us. We must put development and happiness within our reach. Unity will help confront the obstacles in our way to prosperity.”

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