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Interpol offers to deploy anti-terror experts to probe mall attack in Kenya

English.news.cn   2013-09-22 20:38:40            

NAIROBI, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- The international police organization Interpol said Sunday it has offered to deploy an Incident Response Team consisting of specialized forensic officers, anti-terror experts and analysts after the mall attack in Kenya.

Interpol condemned Saturday's attack on the Westgate shopping mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

So far, at least 59 people have been confirmed dead and 175 others injured in the assault. Authorities expect 10 to 15 gunmen of Somalia-based militants of Al-Shabaab to hold hostages in the mall. Reports say at least 30 people are being held by their captors.

Interpol said if requested, it can issue one of its color-coded international notices to alert law enforcement around the world about the modus operandi behind the attacks.

Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble said the law enforcements can obtain additional information about individuals in relation to the investigation, missing persons, or to seek the arrest of those wanted in connection with the incident.

"This deadly incident in Nairobi reminds us all how much harm a handful of heavily-armed, hateful and bloodthirsty terrorists can cause in any country," Noble said in a statement received in Nairobi on Sunday.

"With Kenyan security forces locked in a standoff with some of the suspected gunmen and hostages reportedly held, all requests for information from Kenyan authorities are being treated with the highest priority," Noble said.

He noted that any fingerprint and DNA evidence can also be compared against Interpol's global databases and offered the global policy body's full support to Kenyan authorities in their investigation.

Editor: Mengjie
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