The Chairperson of the AU Commission condemns the attacks in Mandera and Garissa, Kenya

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Addis Ababa, 25 May 2017: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, strongly condemns 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.

The Chairperson of the Commission is deeply saddened by the loss of lives and injuries in these attacks and extends his condolences to the bereaved families and wishes speedy recovery to the injured. He also expresses the AU’s solidarity with the Government and people of Kenya.

The Chairperson of the Commission notes that 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.