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Two Indians among 59 killed in Kenya mall shooting

Two Indians who died have been identified as Sridhar Natarajan,40,and Paramshu Jain,8.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | September 22, 2013 10:21:53 pm

Two Indians,including an eight-year-old boy,were among at least 59 people killed as militants reportedly belonging to Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked al Shabab group,holding an unspecified number of hostages at an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi,continued a fierce fight with Kenyan soldiers for the second consecutive day Sunday.

Four Indians,including two women and a girl,were among the 200 injured in the attack.

The two Indians who died have been identified as Sridhar Natarajan,40,and Paramshu Jain,8.

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

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.”

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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