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Relatives of Kenya's President among those killed in mall assault

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has condemned the perpetrators of an attack at a Nairobi shopping centre.

He said some of his relatives were among the 39 people killed.

In a sombre address to the nation, Kenyatta said: “I ask God to give you comfort as you confront this tragedy and I know what you feel, having also lost very close family members in this attack.”

The al-Qaeda-linked militant group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack via its Twitter feed.

Kenyatta stressed that the whole nation stood behind the victims, saying: “We have overcome terrorist attacks before and we have fought courageously and defeated them within and outside our borders. We will defeat them again.”