Prayers in mosque said for victims of Kenyan mall attack

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More than 1,000 people attended a special service at Sheffield’s Madina Mosque to say prayers for the victims of the terror attacks in Kenya.

The event took place at the mosque on Wolseley Road, in Abbeydale, on Friday.

Management committee spokesman Muhammed Jamil said: “It was chock a block. The idea was to say prayers for the victims in Kenya and condemn terrorism.

“We reject and condemn terrorism wherever it occurs and we said prayers for peace.”

Mr Jamil said the mosque had an open door policy and its aim was to teach visitors about Islam and raise awareness of the religion.

He said: “There were about 1,000 people there, it was well attended.”

Dozens of people died last week after Somalian al-Shabaab militants took control of the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.

Kenyan security forces battled for four days to regain control of the shopping centre as innocent civilians were massacred.

The final death toll is not known but it is feared more than 100 people could have died. Terrorists armed with machine guns and grenades started killing last Saturday.