Kenyan Reactions to Bin Laden Death

“Kenyan leaders welcome news of Osama’s death” , Daily Nation:

Kenyan leaders on Monday joined the world in saluting the US for killing al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.

President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Kenyans were happy with the killing.
Kenya has suffered most of the al Qaeda terrorist attacks in East Africa with one in 1998 in Nairobi leaving more than 200 people dead. There was also another attack in Kikambala, Mombasa.

President Kibaki said the killing of Osama in Pakistani brought justice for the Kenyan victims of al-Qaeda.

“On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Kenya I commend all those people behind the successful tracking down and killing of Osama bin Laden,” President Kibaki said.

“The killing of Osama has taken place nearly thirteen years after the terrorist bombings in Nairobi that led to the death of over two hundred people, in an act believed to have been masterminded by Osama. His killing is an act of justice to those Kenyans who lost their lives and the many more who suffered injuries.”

Mr Odinga was quoted by BBC saying: “Kenyans are happy and thank the US people, the Pakistani people and everybody else who managed to kill Osama. Osama’s death can only be positive for Kenya, but we need to have a stable government in Somalia.”

“The loss of its [al-Qaeda’s] leader may first upset the movement but then it will regroup and continue.”

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