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Pope condemns Kenya school attack as ‘senseless brutality’

 

Kenyan Muslims demonstrate against Thursday's attack and in solidarity with non-Muslims who were targeted, on a street in Garissa, Kenya Friday, April 3, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing scores of people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Kenyan Muslims demonstrate against Thursday’s attack and in solidarity with non-Muslims who were targeted, on a street in Garissa, Kenya Friday, April 3, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing scores of people in the group’s deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has condemned the attack by Islamic militants on a Kenyan university as an act of “senseless brutality” and called for those responsible to change their violent ways.

In a telegram of condolence Friday, Francis also urged Kenyan authorities to work to bring an end to such attacks and “hasten the dawn of a new era of brotherhood, justice and peace.”

Survivors of the attack on Garissa University College, which killed 147 people, said the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabab gunmen targeted Christians and headed for a lecture hall where Christians were in early morning prayer.

The Vatican has fiercely condemned the surge in attacks by Islamic extremists on Christians in Nigeria, the Middle East and elsewhere, and has urged Muslim religious authorities to preach that Islam doesn’t condone such violence.

 

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