[25th September 2013]

Press Statement on Terrorist attack

The Government of Kenya has declared three days of national mourning starting from 25th September, 2013 in honour of 61 civilians and six security officers who lost their lives during the recent Westgate mall terrorist attack in Nairobi. According to a televised address to the nation yesterday, H.E. the President said the confrontation between the security forces and the terrorists had left 240 casualties.

Unfortunately, the majority of the people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack were innocent, harmless civilians belonging to various nationalities, races as well as ethnic, cultural, religious distinctions.

The President has however said that Kenyans, as one family will continue to mourn together the untimely death of all the Westgate terror attack victims whose memories will remain precious to us. He assured the affected families that the Government will provide the necessary support to enable them cope with the loss. The President has also wished a quick recovery to all those who suffered physical and psychological injuries.

"We pray that God, our creator will comfort them with divine hope and assurance and give them strength to face the coming days," added His Excellency the President.

All Kenyans are urged to honour the departed souls by remaining united, tolerant, caring, generous and loyal to one another and the nation. During this period of mourning, all national flags will be flown at half-mast throughout the country.

The Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Tokyo has opened a Condolence Book to enable friends of Kenya Kenyans based in Japan to sign their messages of solidarity and condolences at this difficult time.

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