Kenya speeds up police recruitment after attack

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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (C) makes his statement to the nation at the State House in Nairobi on September 22, 2013, following the overwhelming numbers of casualties from the Westgate mall shooting.

NAIROBI - Kenya&39;s President Uhuru Kenyatta said the recruitment of 10,000 new police officers would be speeded up after Somali Islamist gunmen attacked a university campus in the northeastern town of Garissa and killed at least 20 people on Thursday.
 
Kenyatta, in a brief state of the nation address, directed Kenya&39;s police "to take urgent steps and ensure that the 10,000 recruits whose enrolment is pending" be speeded up.
 
Other than urging Kenyans to remain calm and provide information on the attack, Kenyatta did not outline any other measures about how the security services would prevent future attacks by al Shabaab militants.
 
Meanwhile, Kenyatta has urged the nation to remain calm following the attack on Garissa University this morning.
 
"We continue to pray for the quick recovery of the injured, and the safe rescue of those still being held hostage. I also assure the nation that my government has undertaken appropriate deployment to the affected area, and is fully seized of the situation. I also take this opportunity to also urge Kenyans to stay calm as we resolve this matter, and to provide the authorities with any information they may have in connection with any threats to our security. This is a moment for everyone throughout the country to be vigilant, as we confront and defeat our enemies."