NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 14 –President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday condemned the Paris terror attack that left over 128 people dead, and pledged “any form of support to the French government.”
These enemies of humanity, he said, reject the value that one’s liberty should never be a right to harm others.
“Today, as in the years past, the people and the government of Kenya stand with France at a moment in which our common humanity has been attacked in Paris by terrorists, and innocent civilians murdered in cold blood,” he said in a statement, hours after gunmen stormed a stadium, cinema and restaurant where they detonated bombs and shot at people indiscriminately.
Police said at least 128 people were killed at multiple locations in the French capital, which is still reeling from jihadist attacks in January.
Witnesses said the attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) and blamed France’s military intervention in Syria as they sprayed bullets into the crowd watching US rock band Eagles of Death Metal.
Four attackers were killed when police stormed the Bataclan, which lies just 200 metres (yards) from the former offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine that was targeted in January.
Three of the attackers blew up suicide vests as police launched their attack, several sources said. The fourth was hit by police fire and blew up as he fell.
“As a nation that has suffered similar outrage, we understand that the attacks in Paris must be met with the strongest action by our security forces,” President Kenyatta said, and assured that “Kenya stands ready to offer every assistance possible in this regard, and indeed we will continue to relentlessly prosecute our war against terrorist groups and their support networks.”
President Francois Hollande was attending the match and had to be hastily evacuated.
A Cambodian restaurant near the concert hall was also attacked, with further deaths reported.
“There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. We heard screaming. Everyone was trying to flee,” said Pierre Janaszak, a radio presenter who attended the concert and hid with several others at the venue.
“They had 20 hostages, and we could hear them talking with them,” said Janaszak.
In the north of the city, at least five people were killed in three explosions near the Stade de France national stadium where France were playing Germany in an international football match, security sources said.
One of the explosions was caused by a suicide bomber, police and witnesses said.
“Terrorist attacks of an unprecedented level are underway across the Paris region,” Hollande said in an emotional televised message.