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Somali immigrants in Vt. speak out against violence in Kenya

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Members of Vermont's Somali community spoke out Friday against the act of terror last week at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

More than 68 people were killed and hundreds injured when the al Shabaab Islamist militant group attacked with explosives and guns.

Kenya, the Vermont Somalis say, is home to thousands of Somalis, including family and friends. These Vermont Somalis held a special prayer Friday to remember those affected by the attack.

"The Somali community got together today to condemn what happened in Kenya has no link to the Somalis in the state of Vermont and especially Islamic, which they have done in the name of Islam, we are against what they have done to defenseless civilians Kenyan and other nationalities," said Abdirahman Gaandi of Burlington.

"In the Muslim religion they teach you to give a life, not to take someone's life, peaceful and happiness with their family, not like to hurt anybody or something like that," said Omar Nassir of Burlington.

Members of the Vermont Somali community say they are sending their condolences to the families of the victims of the attack, including the Kenya Defense Team.

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