OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper is vowing to help the country’s allies confront the terrorist group al-Shabab, which is responsible for the mall shooting in Kenya that killed more than 60, including two Canadians.
Diplomat Annemarie Desloges and Vancouver businessman Naguib Damji were two Canadians killed when gunmen stormed Nairobi’s upscale Westgate mall, firing AK-47s and lobbing grenades inside a lavish shopping venue frequented by expatriates and wealthy locals.
Canadian officials have also said at least two Canadian citizens were among the 175 injured.
Harper described the attack as “brutal” and “cowardly” and says Canada will help bring al-Shabab to justice for this act of terror.
“We will obviously work with the authorities in Kenya and our partners around the world to do what we can to hold those who have perpetrated this responsible.”
Harper says the country is monitoring the situation but would not give specifics on how involved Canada will be in fighting al-Shabab.
He also refused to talk about reports a Canadian is one of the attackers.
“As you know, I never comment on issues of the operations of our national security agencies. We obviously monitor developments very carefully,” he said.
He added that he is not worried about any mass phenomenon of radicalization in Canada and points out his government made it illegal to travel for the purposes of terrorist training.