The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has strongly condemned the multiple attacks perpetrated by Al-Shabaab terrorists on 24 May 2017 in Mandera, and on 25 May 2017 in Garissa, Kenya, resulting in the death of several police and security officers.
Nine Police Officers are reported to have died in the Attacks.
Saddened by the loss of lives and injuries in these attacks, Mahamat said the continued terrorist attacks on the continent are a reminder of the seriousness that terrorism continues to pose to peace, security, stability and development.
He reiterates the AU’s commitment to support Member States in their efforts to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism and calls for enhanced international cooperation in this fight.
“I extend my condolences to the bereaved families and wishes speedy recovery to the injured,” he said, while he also expressed the AU’s solidarity with the Government and people of Kenya.
Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet , disclosed to journalists that one of the suspects involved in the attacks within Mandera County, Ahmed Abdi Yare, who is a high-ranking Al-Shabaab explosives expert, is in police custody and helping in the investigation.
Police found the suspect with assorted weapons and IED making materials.
Also in Egypt, Mahamat, condemns in the strongest terms the attack launched by gunmen that killed at least 29 Coptic Christians and wounded more than 25 others, in the Minya province, which lies to the south of the capital, Cairo.
The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates his appeal to the international community to renew its commitment to defeat terrorist and extremist groups and to adopt an action-oriented approach in order to give a more concrete expression to the commitment to combat terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and manifestations.