Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta visits Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi to console the victims of last night's Al Shabaab attack near Mandera. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Kenyatta National hospital on Tuesday (July 7) to console some of the victims of an al Shabaab attack on a residential compound near Mandera. The injured were part of a group that survived the attack and were airlifted to Nairobi for specialist treatment. Al Shabaab gunmen killed 14 people, mostly quarry workers in the overnight attack on a residential complex in northeast Kenya, which the Islamic militant group said targeted Christians. Al Shabaab has carried out a series of deadly attacks on Kenya recently, which it says will continue until Nairobi withdraws its troops from an African Union force fighting the militants in their home base of Somalia. Tuesday's raid will heighten pressure on Kenyatta to beef up security in response to al Shabaab attacks, the worst of which killed 148 people at a university in eastern Kenya's Garissa County in April. After the Garissa attack, critics accused the security forces responding too slowly. Kenya's northeast border with Somalia is widely considered a security weak spot, given the challenges of policing such a long frontier, poor coordination between security services and a culture of corruption that allows anyone prepared to pay a bribe to pass unchallenged. Al Shabaab aims to topple Somalia's Western-backed government and wants to impose its own strict version of Islamic law in the country. President Kenyatta wished the injured a quick recovery and sent his condolences to the families and relatives of those who died in the attack.