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Minnesota Kenyans pledge no retaliation

September 25, 2013
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Members of Minnesota's Kenyan community vow they won't retaliate against Somalis for the terrorist acts in Nairobi, saying they recognize that Al-Shabab is only a small faction.

They also told reporters at a state Capitol news conference Wednesday that Kenyans and Somalis in Minnesota can work together to strengthen their ties locally.

The Star Tribune reports ( ) about 10,000 native Kenyans live in Minnesota. Many waited anxiously for word over the weekend about whether relatives or friends had been harmed in the siege at a Nairobi shopping mall by the Somali-based terror group al-Shabab.

Pastor Zipporah Bogonko calls the attack an "act of unspeakable horror," but says Kenyans won't retaliate with hate or retribution but will extend their love and hospitality.

Minnesota Kenyans plan a prayer service for Saturday.


Information from: Star Tribune,



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