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2 Indians among 68 killed in Kenya terror attack

Ten to 15 militant attackers are in the shopping mall holding unknown number of captives.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi |
September 23, 2013 3:16:15 pm

Two Indians,including an eight-year-old boy,were among at least 68 people killed as suspected al Shabaab militants — Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked rebel group — remained holed up with an unspecified number of hostages at an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi for the second day Sunday.

Reporter outside,good friends inside mall

Four Indians,including two women and a girl,were among the almost 200 injured in the attack. The two Indians who died have been identified as Sridhar Natarajan,40,and Paramshu Jain,8.

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Natarajan,who was employed with a local pharma firm,hailed from Tamil Nadu. His family said they have been informed that his wife,Manjula,is critical.

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“This is a difficult time for the family and we are trying to find more information. We are in touch with the relevant authorities in the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) and we appreciate their help,” said his family in a statement. They have asked the MEA to facilitate their travel to Nairobi.

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Paramshu was the son of Manoj Jain,manager of the local Bank of Baroda branch. Jain’s wife,Mukta Jain,38,and daughter,Kumari Poorvi Jain,12,are among those injured.

The fourth Indian who has been injured has been identified as Natarajan Ramachandran,an employee with Flamingo Duty Free,Nairobi.

Confirming the news,MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted,“According to the Indian diplomats who are at medical facilities treating those injured in Nairobi attack,4 Indians injured,2 others sadly died.”

Reports from Nairobi quoted a Kenyan survivor as saying that an Indian man was shot when he could not answer a question asked by the militants. However,government sources here could not confirm whether he was among the Indians killed or injured. Sources said while the official toll is two Indian citizens so far,the toll may rise if one includes people of Indian origin in Kenya.

Meanwhile,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the attack in a letter to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. “I was deeply shocked and saddened by the brutal terror attack yesterday… This incident is a stark reminder that the persisting menace of terrorism remains a formidable challenge that calls for a concerted and sustained response from the global community. India condemns in the strongest terms this heinous and senseless assault,which has snuffed out so many innocent lives,including nationals of both our countries,” said Singh.

The Kenyan High Commissioner to India,Florence Imisa Weche,offered her condolences for the loss of Indian lives. “If the Indian government asks for assistance,we are ready to help,” she said.

Sources said senior officers of the Indian mission,including High Commissioner Sibabrata Tripathi,visited the two major medical facilities that received causalities during the day — Aga Khan University Hospital and M P Shah Hospital.

“Spoke to India’s high commissioner to Kenya & spoke to people of the Indian community there over the unfortunate attack in Nairobi. Touching to know of a hospital in Nairobi built by the Indian community that is helping during this crisis,” tweeted Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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