Three years ago, six British nationals were among the casualties as terrorists loyal to Somali based al Shabaab launched a cowardly attack on unarmed shoppers in Nairobi’s Westgate mall.
Speaking on the Daily Nation website, the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, has spoken of his memories of the attack while he was working in the London based Foreign Office as the person responsible for African affairs.
He has also paid tribute to the Kenyan forces who have taken the fight to the terrorists:
Today I pay tribute again to the brave Kenyan forces taking the fight to al-Shabaab. The United Kingdom is deploying troops to Mogadishu, under the aegis of the United Nations, to support Amisom in its mission. We are leading the international effort to build Somalia’s national army, to which Kenya and its Amisom allies can hand over security.
The High Commissioner goes on to talk about Kenya’s new strategy for countering violent extremism (CVE) and the technical support the UK is providing to the Judiciary and Directorate of Public Prosecutions “to ensure that terrorists are caught, tried, and brought to justice in accordance with the rule of law.”
You can read Nic Halley’s full article on the Daily Nation website.