Parliament, Cape Town - Parliament’s international relations portfolio committee on Thursday condemned the attack on a Kenyan university which left at least 15 people dead.

Speaking from Algeria, Committee chairman Siphosezwe Masango said the attack by the al-Shabaab militant Islamist group was an affront to the African Union’s “vision of a stable continent, free of wars, free of terrorism”.

“This is not the Africa we want and it disregards the gains achieved through blood, sweat and years of struggle,” said Masango.

“The frequency of these attacks is concerning, but even more concerning is the civilian deaths, and the catastrophic impact on the economy. The African Union should devise a strategy on how best to deal with insurgency on the continent.”

Masango called for religious tolerance among Muslims and Christians, especially in East and West Africa .

“Our priority should be to make Africa a habitable place in the global village and a home to all people,” he said.

Kenyan authorities on Thursday confirmed that 15 people had died and at least 65 were wounded in the attack at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya, which borders on Somalia. Dozens more were unaccounted for and believed to be held hostage by the assailants.

African News Agency