NAIROBI – Business community members in a suburb of the Kenyan capital closed their shops on Friday in a protest condemning a deadly attack on a hotel and office complex earlier in the week that was claimed by Somali militant group al-Shabaab.
Shop owners in the northern Nairobi suburb of Eastleigh, which is predominantly inhabited by Somali immigrants, closed their stores for hours to denounce Tuesday’s attack that left 21 people dead, according to Kenyan authorities.
“Eastleigh residents’ association has decided today to come out, have a shutdown, in solidarity with all the people of Kenya who have been affected by the recent attack,” lawmaker Yusuf Hassan Abdi told those gathered in the neighborhood.
“We’re here to remember the victims of the Riverside attack,” he added.
The politician, who is of Somali heritage, said the community wanted to express its support for Kenya’s government and citizens.
“We feel that we stand together with the rest of Kenyans, we are part and parcel of Kenya, the problems of Kenya are our problems, the successes of Kenya are our successes and we cannot be separated as a community,” he said.
“The community is here to say no to terrorism, no to extremism, no to violent extremism,” added the member of Parliament.
Al-Shabaab is an armed terror group seeking to establish an Islamic state in Somalia.