Details of Uhuru's phone call with Somalia President after Dusit attack

President Mohamed Farmaajo called President Kenyatta on Thursday morning

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo‏ during a past meeting in Nairobi (Twitter)

Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo on Thursday morning called President Uhuru Kenyatta following the attack by the Al Shabaab militia group.

President Farmaajo conveyed his message of solidarity with President Kenyatta as Kenya bolsters its efforts to fight terrorism.

The Somali president revealed that he had reassured President Kenyatta of his cooperation beyond the Kenyan border.

"We stand by Kenya at this difficult time. The government of Somalia is always ready to cooperate with our neighbors in all efforts to stop, eliminate and defeat the evil of terrorism," President Farmaajo posted in a tweet

Why Al Shabaab targeted Dusit

The Somalia-based Al Shabaab militia group is said to have explained that the attack was retaliation.

According to Reuters, the militia's spokesperson stated that the attack was a reaction to US President Donald Trump's acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"The Mujahideen (holy warriors) carried out this operation … (as) a response to the witless remarks of U.S. president, Donald Trump, and his declaration of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel," part of the Al Shabaab statement read.

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