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China condemns terrorist attack in Nairobi mall

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From left: Vice Minister of SCIO of China, Li Wufeng, Transport and Infrastructure Secretary, Michael Kamau and Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Guangyuan, play drums at the 50th celebration of China-Kenya diplomatic ties on Saturday. SALATON NJAU

From left: Vice Minister of SCIO of China, Li Wufeng, Transport and Infrastructure Secretary, Michael Kamau and Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Guangyuan, play drums at the 50th celebration of China-Kenya diplomatic ties on Saturday. SALATON NJAU  

By EVELYN SITUMA

Posted  Sunday, September 22   2013 at  11:43

China has condemned the deadly terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Saturday, which left at least 39 people dead and hundreds injured.

Li Wufeng, Vice Minister of State of Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China said his country was shocked by the incident.

"This afternoon we were all shocked to learn of the gun attack. We extend our condolences to affected families," said Mr Wufeng.

The Chinese ambassador to Kenya, Liu Guangyuan, also extended his condolences to the victims and deceased families saying China strongly condemned the action.

The two officials were speaking on Saturday evening in Nairobi at the launch of the 50th celebration of China-Kenya diplomatic ties.

The event dubbed 'experience China' in Kenya is a cultural and media event by the Chinese for Kenyans. It is aimed at giving Kenyans a glimpse of the Chinese culture.