Linda Bordoni, Vatican News
Describing the attack on Nairobi’s DusitD2 Hotel complex in which at least 21 people were killed as a “senseless act of violence” Pope Francis has sent a telegramme assuring all those who are affected by the tragedy of his spiritual closeness.
The telegramme, signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the Pope’s behalf, comes as Kenyan officials confirm that all are accounted for after the brutal 20 hour siege in which 21 civilians and five terrorists died.
The Pope said he is “Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injury following the attack” and extends heartfelt condolences to all Kenyans, in particular to the families of the deceased and all those injured.
The telegramme concludes with assurances that the Pope is “praying for God’s healing grace”, and “invoking upon the entire nation the divine blessings of consolation and strength”.
Meanwhile in Nairobi bomb disposal experts continue to search for explosives left over from the extremist attack on Tuesday, and nine people have been arrested in connection with ongoing investigations.
The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group has claimed responsibility for the hotel assault.