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Uhuru lost close relatives in Westgate mall shooting

22 September 2013, 07:47

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta said he himself had lost close relatives in Saturday's mass shooting in the Westgate shopping mall.

Addressing the relatives of victims, a sombre Kenyatta said in an address to the nation: "I ask God to give you comfort as you confront this tragedy, and I know what you feel, having also lost very close family members in this attack."

Kenyatta also assured Kenyans that the government would not let the perpetrators get away with their crimes.

 "My government stands ready to defend our nation against internal and external aggression.We shall hunt down the perpetrators wherever they run to & we'll punish them for this heinous crime."

" The aim is to divide us but we remain steadfast and brave like the lions on our coat of arms"

The President confirmed that 39 people were killed and 150 injured in the attack.

- Reuters


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