Kenyan security chief condemns Westminster terrorist attack

Westminster Palace
Westminster Palace, London.

Kenya’s National Counter Terrorism Centre director, Ambassador Martin Kimani, has been thanked by UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey for his Tweet condemning yesterday’s terrorist attack at Westminster in London during which 4 people were killed and more than 20 were injured.

Dr Kimani addressed his Tweet to Mr Hailey saying “Our condolences on the attack near Parliament. It was cruel to the victims & an affront to democracy. Washindwe.”

The High Commissioner replied with “Thank you @AmbMKimani. We stand together against those who seek to attack democracy.”

Ambassador Martin Kimani, PhD is the Director of Kenya’s National Counter Terrorism Centre and Special Envoy CVE. Prior to this role, he was Permanent Representative and Head of Mission to the United Nations at Nairobi and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

World leaders have also sent their own messages of condolence to the UK with French President Francois Hollande saying “terrorism concerns us all and France knows how the British people are suffering today”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country saw a lorry attack in December that killed 12 people in Berlin, said her thoughts were “with our British friends and all of the people of London”.

“I want to say for Germany and its citizens: we stand firmly and resolutely by Great Britain’s side in the fight against all forms of terrorism,” she added.

US President Donald Trump spoke by phone to British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences and to praise the effective response of UK security services.

Trump pledged the “full co-operation and support” of the US government in bringing those responsible for the attack to justice, the White House said in a statement.