Washington, DC — Statement by Deputy National Security Council Spokesperson Marie Harf:
The United States condemns in the strongest terms the despicable massacre of innocent men, women and children at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those killed and injured in this cowardly act and we extend our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones.
The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi is closely monitoring the situation, which is still unfolding, and we have offered our full support to the Kenyan authorities. We commend the courageous response by Kenyan security personnel and first responders, governmental and non-governmental, who have stepped forward to help their fellow Kenyan citizens and citizens of other countries affected by this senseless violence.
We stand together with Kenya in our resolve to confront and defeat violent extremism. We stand ready to assist Kenya in finding those who did this and in holding them accountable.
The latest figures provided by the Kenyan Government are 59 killed and 175 injured. In addition to the many Kenyans killed, the Australian, British, Canadian, French, Ghanaian and Somali governments have all acknowledged deaths of their citizens.
A number of American citizens were present in Westgate Shopping Mall at the time of the attack. Five American citizens are among the injured, but we have no reports of any American deaths. Due to privacy considerations, we cannot provide any further detail at this time.
U.S. MISSION PERSONNEL
While all U.S. Government employees, American and Kenyan, are accounted for, our U.S. Government family has been touched by these tragic events. The spouse of a Foreign Service National working for the U.S. Agency for International Development was killed in the attack. Our employees and their families are also shocked by the many deaths of Kenyan and international community friends, neighbors and associates.
The United States Government has offered to help the Kenyan Government in any way possible. U.S. law enforcement, military and civilian personnel in Nairobi are providing advice and assistance when and as requested by the Kenyan authorities. The U.S. government is also working with the United Nations’ offices in Nairobi to provide first aid procurement assistance, such as blood bags, as requested.
The United States remains committed to continuing our close cooperation with the Kenyan government to combat the shared threat of international terrorism. The terrorist network al-Shabbab, was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Network under section 219 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity under Executive Order 13224 in February 2008. The United States has offered rewards for information that helps authorities bring to justice several members of al-Shabbab.
The US and Kenya have closely coordinated on border security, enhancing Kenya's capabilities in protecting its citizens from terrorist attacks, and advancing regional cooperation to combat extremism. Our commitment to Kenya remains strong and unbending.