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article imageThree Britons dead in terrorist attack on Nairobi shopping mall

By Dawn Denmar     Sep 23, 2013 in World
Nairobi - The British Foreign Office advised yesterday that three Brits were killed in the terrorist attack on Westgate Mall, Nairobi. The Foreign Office say the number of British killed is likely to rise and Kenya's Red Cross now report a total of 68 deaths.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the terrorist attacks, saying: "because the situation is ongoing we should prepare ourselves for further bad news.
"These appalling terrorist attacks that take place where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of a religion - they don't.
"They do it in the name of terror, violence and extremism and their warped view of the world. They don't represent Islam or Muslims in Britain or anywhere else in the world."
The terrorists are members of the al-Shabab Somali militant group and claim the attack was a reprisal against Kenyan forces in Somalia. The attack began at 12 noon local time and it is believed that the group still have around 36 hostages within the shopping center. Al-Shabab's Twitter account has published a list of six members of the terrorist group, one of these is claimed to be a 24-year-old British man from London. The Twitter account has now been deleted.
The Kenyan President has confirmed that his nephew and his fiancee were among those slaughtered in the attack. Canadian, French, Ghanaian and Chinese citizens have also been reported dead. It's reported that 1,000 shoppers managed to escape from the mall during the course of the attack.
The Daily Mail today report that the attack was led by a white English widow of the July 7, 2005 bombing campaign. It is claimed that soldiers reported a white woman wearing a veil was shouting orders in Arabic at the terrorists throughout the massacre. The group's Twitter account had earlier reported "Samantha Lewthwaite, the ‘white widow’ of London 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, was ‘in their ranks’ and a ‘brave lady’."
The Canadian news channel CTV News tweeted earlier today that the Canadian High Commission in Kenya is to close from today, due to safety concerns.
The British Foreign Office have deployed a rapid response team to Kenya, with staff from nearby Ethiopia and the British High Commission in Nairobi situated at nearby hospitals and close by the shopping mall site.
British nationals concerned about the safety of friends or family can contact the Foreign Office on +44 (0)20 7008 0000.
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