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Eastleigh traders in bid to win back hearts and minds

Eastleigh traders have initiated an effort to reclaim the public’s confidence in the wake of anti-terrorism police raids that grounded trade in the area.

The traders say continued alienation and victimisation will not help in the fight against terrorism.

Eastleigh business community Chairman Gulid Hassan said terrorism is a communal problem and called for cooperation between security forces and the community. 

“Terrorism cannot be associated with any religion. Those terrorists do not spare anybody including Muslims,” said Mr Hassan.

He was speaking on after presenting  Sh200,000 to the families of two police officers who were killed in a car bomb explosion at Pangani police station.

“We must cooperate with security forces so as to stop terrorism. If you alienate us, the war will not be won,” he said.

Constables Francis Murage and Samwel Cheptuk, both attached to the Pangani Police Station, died in an explosion that also killed two other people suspected to be terrorists on April 23.

“We lost people who sacrificed their lives for their country and citizens. We offer our sympathies not only to the families but to all Kenyans,” said Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan.