UN chief strongly condemns attack on Nairobi's Westgate MallListen /
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, on Saturday.
The Somali al Shabaab Islamist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack at the Westgate Mall in which gunmen killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 100 others.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the UN Secretary-General says "this is a time of shock for all Kenyans and all — including the UN family — who are proud to call Nairobi home".
"I condemn in the strongest terms yesterday's terrorist attack at Nairobi's Westgate Mall. This premeditated act, targeting defenceless civilians, is totally reprehensible. The perpetrators must be brought to justice as soon as possible. Scores have been killed and wounded. I express my condolences to families of the deceased and injured, and to the loved ones of all those of other nationalities who are among the victims." (29")
The Secretary-General notes that Nairobi "is the United Nations' main headquarters in Africa with a wide-ranging presence and hundreds of national and international staff."
He says he is saddened to report that a retired staff member of the UN children's agency (UNICEF) was among those killed in the attack.
Secretary-General Ban adds that he has spoken to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and remains in close contact with the Executive Director of the United Nations in Nairobi as the situation continues to unfold.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.