US condemns deadly Kenya mall attack
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House condemned as "despicable" the attack that left at least 39 people dead at a Nairobi shopping mall Saturday, vowing to assist Kenya's counterterrorism efforts.
Americans were reportedly among the injured - estimated at 150 - in the attack claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants, the US State Department said.
"The United States condemns in the strongest terms the despicable terrorist attack on innocent civilians today at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya," US National Security Council spokesman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.
"The perpetrators of this heinous act must be brought to justice, and we have offered our full support to the Kenyan Government to do so." Offering Wahington's "deepest condolences" to victims' families and loved ones, Ms Hayden vowed to "stand with the Kenyan people in their efforts to confront terrorism in all its forms, including the threat posed by al-Shabaab."