Zuma and Mugabe jointly condemn Garissa attack

Jacob Zuma and Robert Mugabe have sent their condolences to the families of the victims.

FILE: A member of the security forces escorts a student out of Garissa University campus in Garissa on 2 April, 2015, after an attack by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebaab gunmen. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma and his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe have sent their condolences to the families of the almost 150 Kenyan students who lost their lives in the Garissa University College campus attack last week.

Last Thursday, al-Shabaab gunmen stormed the university about 200km from the Somali border and carried out a 16-hour attack .

They initially shot indiscriminately but later hunted down and killed Christian students, while sparing Muslims. The Somali group has now killed more than 400 people in Kenya since Kenyatta came to power in April 2013.

Zuma said he and Mugabe condemned the attacks in the strongest possible way.

"We are united in our condemnation of the attacks."

Mugabe has called on Africa to unite in the fight against terrorism.

Kenya responded to the Garissa attack by bombing two al-Shabaab camps in Somalia, while

its President Uhuru Kenyatta asked the Muslim community to help root out radicalisation at home, saying the planners and financiers of the attack were "deeply embedded" in Kenya's society.

One of the four gunmen in the Garissa raid was an ethnic Somali whose father is a Kenyan government official, intensifying fears about the threat from home-grown militants.

FIVE DETAINED FOR GARISSA ATTACK

A Nairobi court has ordered five Kenyans and a Tanzanian to be detained for 30 days while police investigate possible connections to last week's university massacre.

The court agreed to the request from state lawyers' for the extended detention period, which usually would last 24 hours before the detainee has to be presented in court.

The Kenyan government on Sunday said it would compensate the victims and their families.