Kenyan president says 39 dead in mall attack, will beat terrorists

NAIROBI, Sept 21 Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:28pm EDT

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NAIROBI, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Saturday that at least 39 people had been killed by "terrorists" in a gun attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, and pledged that Kenya would hunt down those responsible.

"The despicable perpetrators of this cowardly act hoped to intimidate, divide and cause despondency amongst Kenyans," Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation.

"We have overcome terrorist attacks before. We will defeat them again."

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