Sunday, September 22, 2013

Terrorist Attack in Nairobi Kills Prominent Ghanaian

The ongoing terrorist attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya has now claimed the lives of 59 people including Professor Kofi Awoonor from Ghana. The murder of a Ghanaian in this attack is extremely unfortunate. Ghana is a peaceful country and her citizens have no desire to be involved in any armed conflicts. The attack in Nairobi is believed to be the work of Al-Shabab from Somalia, a militant Islamic movement alleged to have had ties in the past to Al-Qaeda. Since the crises is still ongoing with some gunmen still holed up in the mall with hostages, the exact motives of the attackers are still unclear. But, the choice of a mall frequented by nationals of many different countries makes this an international crime. In addition to Professor Awoonor, the terrorists have killed British, Canadian, French, and of course Kenyan citizens. I fervently hope to some one day to live in an Africa where this type of violence has permanently become a thing of the past.

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