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Kenya seeks to take proactive role to help defeat Somali militant group

07-14-2010 11:02 BJT

NAIROBI, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Kenya plans to take a proactive role in helping Somali government defeat radical Islamic militants blamed for the deadly attacks in Uganda, Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula said on Tuesday.

"We cannot sit and cry. We must get active," said Wetangula when he addressed parliament on what action the government will take after bombing of her neighbour on Sunday resulting in deaths of at least 74 people.

He said Kenya is consulting with regional neighbours to find a common strategy to defeat the Al Shabaab militant group that claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The group has previously threatened to attack Kenya, just as it had done for Uganda.

The minister said Algeria had "accepted" to offer transport support for military personnel and equipment required to launch a regional coordinated attack against Al Shabaab positions.

"Everyone is dissatisfied with the little support the international community has showed. We therefore need to act as a region," he said.

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