Churches rush aid to Kenyan victims

Civilians escape

Kenya's Catholic bishops have donated food and blood bag kits to help survivors of the terrorist attack on the upmarket Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi that has left 62 people dead and more than 170 injured, reports The Tablet.

The bishops called for unity after the horrifying attack, which began on Saturday, and in a statement said they 'condemn the unwarranted attacks on the helpless people and residents of Kenya.' For two days, a battle has continued between Kenyan forces and the militants inside the mall.

Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab terrorists have claimed responsibility for the attack. Between 10-15 militants from Al-Shabaab, a Somalian group, attacked the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi and took several people hostage. The group said the attack was revenge for Kenya's military presence in Somalia.

The bishops continued: 'As a nation we share in the trauma of our brothers and sisters who have lost their close relatives and their loved ones during the Westgate attack. We are in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who have been injured in this terrible tragedy and pray that the Almighty God grants them a quick recovery.'

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Church rushes aid to Kenyan victims (The Tablet)

Kenyan bishops write message of solidarity (NCR)

Kenyan leaders praise citizen reaction (The Catholic Herald)

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