British and Irish diplomats react to DusitD2 terrorist attack

DusitD2 complex
Cars on fire outside the DusitD2 complex during the terrorist attack. Photo: Twitter

Current and former British High Commissioners, Nic Hailey and Dr Christian Turner, along with former DfID head and the Irish Embassy have posted reactions to yesterday’s terrorist attack in Nairobi via their Twitter accounts.

Last night Nic Hailey said that the High Commission team would be working through the night to support both the Kenyan authorities in their response to the horrific DusitD2 attack and any British citizens needing help.

He also revealed he had spoken to President Kenyatta to assure him of the UK’s strong solidarity with Kenya.

Former UK High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner Tweeted that he was “Shocked & saddened by Dusit Hotel Attack.

“If I remember one thing from Westgate it was of Kenyan courage and resolve – Kenya wasn’t bowed by terror then and won’t be now,” he added.

Pete Vowles, former Department for International Development Kenya Head, also Tweeted his support, posting: “Thinking of friends, colleagues and all Kenyans on this sad day for Kenya.”

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt Tweeted: “Shocked by dreadful scenes in Nairobi – thoughts and prayers are with those affected. Brits in the area should remain vigilant and follow advice of local security authorities.”

The Irish Embassy also warned citizens to avoid the area around the complex on Riverside Drive as security operations were ongoing.

“Ireland stands by Kenya at this very difficult time,” they added.

The British government updated travel advice for the country and Uber have offered free rides to and from selected hospitals for anyone wanting to donate blood.

If you have been directly affected by this incident, you can contact the British High Commission on +254 (0)20 287 3000 or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on +44 (0)20 7008 1500.

Leave a Reply