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FCO spokesperson statement: Three British Nationals confirmed dead in attack in Nairobi, and number likely to rise

By United Kingdom - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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LONDON, United-Kingdom, September 23, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Foreign Secretary William Hague chaired crisis committee COBR today. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has sent extra staff to Nairobi to provide support

On the incident at the Westgate Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, and with reports of both assailants and civilians still in the building, an FCO spokesperson said that three British nationals are confirmed dead. The next of kin of those nationals have been informed. The number of British Nationals confirmed as killed is likely to rise as further information becomes available.

The Government's crisis committee (COBR) met again earlier today, chaired by Foreign Secretary William Hague. The government has sent a rapid deployment team from London to Nairobi to provide further consular support. Staff from Addis Ababa have also been sent to Nairobi to assist. The UK High Commission in Nairobi has consular staff at the site and nearby hospitals. The FCO's helpline for concerned British nationals is +44 20 7008 1000.