Muslim scholars condemn Kenya mall attack

International Union of Muslim Scholars says the attack that killed scores in capital Nairobi is tantamount to abandoning the teachings of the Islamic religion

Muslim scholars condemn Kenya mall attack

World Bulletin/News Desk

The International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by influential Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has condemned the attack in Kenya's capital that killed 72 people.

The organization stressed the Islamic teachings forbidding the taking of innocent lives, and issued a call for upholding Islamic principles to "prevent the pro-violence and pro-conflict from spreading a spirit of violence, hate and revenge."

Kenya's capital city of Nairobi was rocked by the storming of an upscale mall on Saturday by militants who took hostages within the compound, eventually forced out by a military operation, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday.

The attack left 61 civilians and 6 security personnel dead, while five of the attackers were shot down during the operation.

Al-Shabaab militant group, a Somalia-based offshoot of al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the deadly storming, calling it a response to Kenya's military intervention in Somalia that targeted the group.

 

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