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Kenyan president vows response to attack 'in the severest ways possible'

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to respond to the attack on a university that killed 148 people "in the severest ways possible", as Islamic militant organisation al-Shabab pledged further attacks.

Describing as the threat posed by al-Shabab as "existential" Mr Kenyatta vowed to "fight terrorism to the end". "I want you to know that our security forces are pursuing the remaining accomplices. We will bring all of them to justice," he said. "Our forefathers bled and died for this nation, and we will do everything to defend our way of life."

Pledging that Kenya would “not allow them to continue their lives as normal", Mr Kenyatta warned to that "the planners and financiers of this brutality are deeply embedded in our communities".

Meanwhile, al-Shabab warned "Kenyan cities will run red with blood", adding "no amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart another attack or prevent another bloodbath".