The State of Qatar condemns such cowardly and criminal acts which aim to destabilize security and stability and terrorize innocent people, and denounces the killing of innocent people.
An official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in response to an ongoing hostage situation at a Nairobi shopping mall after an attack there left at least 59 people dead and more than 175 wounded, as reported by QNA.
Most of those who were killed were Kenyan nationals. But Al Jazeera reports that the gunmen appeared to be targeting foreigners and non-Muslims, and some of the victims include citizens of Canada and France.
Gunmen purporting to be from Somali militant group Al-Shabab have taken responsibility for the attack, telling Al Jazeera it was retaliation for Kenya’s military operations in Somalia.
The MOFA statement continued:
“The State of Qatar calls for bringing the perpetrators of this vile act to justice. He also expressed Qatar’s condolences and sympathy to the friendly governments and to the families of the victims killed in this criminal attack, and wished recovery to wounded people.”
The police and members of the militant group continue to exchange gunfire today, and hostages remain trapped inside the upscale Westgate complex for a second day today.
The Kenyan embassy in Qatar could not immediately be reached for comment.
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