China condemns mall attack by terrorists in Kenya

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) -- China has condemned Saturday's terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Kenya's capital that killed dozens of people, including a South Korean woman, and injured scores of others.

"China resolutely opposes terrorism in all manifestations, strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Kenya's capital Nairobi," China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement issued Sunday evening.

Expressing "deep condolences to the victims and sincere solicitude to the bereaved families and the injured," Hong said China "will continue its staunch support for Kenya's efforts to safeguard national security and regional stability."

Gunmen affiliated with Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebel group, al-Shabab, on Saturday stormed the Westgate mall in an assault that claimed the lives of 68 people, including Asians, Africans, Europeans and North Americans, and wounded more than 175.

Kang Moon-hee, a 38-year-old South Korean woman, was among those killed in the attack.

The Chinese ministry confirmed that one Chinese citizen was killed and another injured during the shooting rampage by terrorists that targeted non-Muslims.

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