Two Indians among 59 killed in Kenya mall attack

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An armed guard takes cover during the attack Photo: PTI
An armed guard takes cover during the attack   Photo: PTI

New Delhi, 22 September (PTI): Two Indians, including an 8-year-old boy were killed and four other community members were injured in the attack by armed terrorists on an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya. While one of the victims, 40-year-old Sridhar Natarajan was working with a pharma firm, the boy Paramshu Jain was the son of a manager of the local Bank of Baroda branch, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Four Indians, including two women and a girl, were injured in the attack and are receiving medical treatment. India’s mission in Nairboi is in touch with the families of the deceased, the spokesperson added.Masked gunmen had stormed the packed shopping mall on 21 September, killing 59 people and wounding at least 150.

Somalia’s Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels said the carnage was in direct retaliation to Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia, where the African union’s troops are battling Islamists.

Senior police sources had described the attackers as a well-organised “terror gang” numbering around 10. The mall, popular with wealthy Kenyans and expatriates and part Israeli-owned, was packed with around 1,000 shoppers when it was attacked.

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