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 / Updated  / Source: NBC News

The threat of terrorist massacres, such as the Kenya college shooting, is a global problem, a senior lawmaker in Kenya warned Saturday as authorities questioned five people over the atrocity.

“We must not be divided as a world,” Ndung’u Gethenji, chairman of Kenya’s defense and foreign relations committee, told NBC News. “This is not a Kenyan problem. This is not an East African problem. This is a global problem.”

He said the attackers who struck Thursday at Garissa University College “came to die and they came to achieve a high body count.”

“The question that must be asked is how … terrorists are able to ameliorate themselves within communities; within societies … [and] live amongst us.”

He added: “It is the story of ISIS, the story of al Qaeda, the story of al Shabab, the story of Boko Haram. This is a global story. And we must have a global solution and a global approach for dealing with … terrorists.”

The Garissa massacre killed 148 people, according to the Red Cross. Four attackers were shot dead during the siege.


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