Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PM's Warning of 'More Bad News' for the UK

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PM's Warning of 'More Bad News' for the UK

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Byline: Dan Warburton Chief Reporter

DAVID Cameron warned the UK to brace itself for "more bad news" after the deaths of three British nationals in the Nairobi terror attack as the Kenyan authorities mounted an operation aimed at ending the siege.

The Prime Minister said the UK had offered Kenya assistance, including intelligence co-operation, in response to the rampage by Islamic extremists in an upmarket shopping centre which has left scores dead and many more injured Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, with about 10 to 15 gunmen believed to be holed up in the Westgate mall holding a number of captives more than 24 hours after the violence began.

A sombre Mr Cameron said: "It is an absolutely sickening and despicable attack of appalling brutality. What we know is that three British nationals have been killed."

He added: "Because the situation is ongoing we should prepare ourselves for further bad news.

"Our thoughts also should be with the Kenyan government and the Kenyan people at this time."

Mr Cameron said he had offered the Kenyan authorities "every assistance" in a call to president Uhuru Kenyatta, who lost members of his own family in the attack.

The Prime Minister was at pains to stress that the perpetrators did not represent the majority of Muslims but had carried out the atrocity "in the name of terror, violence and extremism".

Mr Cameron said: "These appalling terrorist attacks that take place, where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of a religion, they don't.

"They do it in the name of terror, violence and extremism and their warped view of the world. They don't represent Islam or Muslims in Britain or anywhere else in the world." Setting out the UK's response, he added: "Obviously the first priority is to make sure we do everything for the British nationals caught up in this, so we're strengthening the consular services that we have and the people that we have to look after our people. …

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