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Gilmore condemns Kenyan attack

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has strongly condemned a terror attack in Nairobi which left dozens dead and many more injured.

As the deaths of three British nationals was confirmed following the rampage by Islamic extremists in an upmarket shopping centre in the Kenyan capital, the foreign affairs minister said his department was following the situation closely.

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi," Mr Gilmore said.

"I express my deepest sympathy to the families of the deceased and injured.

"We are following the situation as it develops through our honorary consulate in Nairobi and our embassy in Dar es Salaam."

Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, with about 10 to 15 gunmen believed to remain holed up in the Westgate mall holding a number of captives more than 24 hours after the violence began.

Mr Gilmore added: "Ireland and our EU partners will stand in solidarity with the government and people of Kenya at this most difficult time."

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