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The Nairobi incident came as a stark reminder of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, as at least nine Indian nationals were reportedly in the line of fire in a Kenyan shopping mall that came under attack by an Islamist terror group.
NEW DELHI: At least nine Indian nationals were reportedly in the line of fire in a Kenyan shopping mall that came under attack by an Islamist terror group.
The Nairobi incident came as a stark reminder of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks of 2008.
Tragedy befell Vaghjibhai Vekaria and his family who lost their 17-year-old granddaughter in the deadly Nairobi shopping mall terror attack.
Al-Shabaab, an Islamist terror group, has claimed the responsibility for the attack on the Westgate mall, which is frequented by locals as well as the Kenyan capital's expat community.
Around 70,000 Indians live in Kenya, with the majority residing in Nairobi.
Kenyan High Commissioner to India, Florence Imisa Weche expressed her condolences: "The Indian government had not asked for any assistance from the Kenyan authorities but they would provide every possible support."
Meanwhile, the Indian government has condemned the incident, calling for a concerted effort against militant attacks.
Indian National Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said: "India is one country that has suffered the most at the hands of militancy. No other country can relate to this pain better than we can. So we believe that the world must come together to fight against global militancy and eradicate it from the face of the earth."