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Ban condemns Kenya mall attack

23 September 2013, 15:09

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned the Nairobi mall terrorist attack which happened on Saturday, saying the perpetrators must be swiftly brought to justice.

Ban made the condemnation in a televised statement at the UN Headquarters in New York, describing the attack as "totally reprehensible".

He extended his condolences to the families of those killed and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

The UN chief said he was saddened to report that a retired staff member of UNICEF was among those killed in the attack at the Westgate Mall in the Westlands neighbourhood of the Kenyan capital.

"This is a time of shock for all Kenyans, including the UN family who are proud to call Nairobi home. I express my solidarity with them at this moment of grief and loss," Ban said.

The UN scribe also spoke with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta on the attack.

In a related development, the UN Security Council had also condemned the attack and reiterated its determination to combat all forms of terrorism in accordance with its responsibilities under the UN Charter.

Nairobi hosts the UN main headquarters in Africa, with a wide-ranging presence and hundreds of national and international staff.

At least 68 people were killed and 175 injured in the deadly mall shooting, which responsibility was claimed by Somalia-based Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab.



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