Kenya Seeks More Western Help After University Attack

Kenya Seeks More Western Help After University Attack

A weeping relative reacts after viewing the body of a family member killed in Thursday's attack on a university, at Chiromo funeral home, Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, April 4, 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/Sayyid Azim)
A weeping relative reacts after viewing the body of a family member killed in Thursday’s attack on a university, at Chiromo funeral home, Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

(Reuters) – Kenya needs more help from its U.S. and European allies with intelligence and security measures to help prevent further massacres by Somali militants, Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed told Reuters on Tuesday.

Last week’s killing of 148 people at a university has piled pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop frequent gun and grenade assaults staged on Kenyan soil by the al Shabaab group, which is aligned to al Qaeda.

Mohamed said Kenya, a staunch Western ally in the fight against radical Islam in east Africa, already receives intelligence support but was seeking additional help in the area of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR).

“Now we are looking at what else we may need and one of the areas is improved ISR, improved capacity, improved intelligence gathering, equipment,” she said in an interview.

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