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Indians in violence-hit Kenya safe: Government
January 02, 2008 22:59 IST
All Indians in Kenya are safe but some of their shops have been looted in the widespread violence that has rocked the African nation, the External Affairs Ministry said in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The Centre is monitoring the situation in Kenya, which hosts about 75,000 Indians, and the High Commission in Nairobi is in touch with the community groups, said the ministry.
"There is no report of any person of Indian origin having been subjected to any violence or injuries," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters amid concerns about the safety of the Indian nationals in Kenya.
He, however, noted that some cases of looting of shops and commercial establishments have been reported.
The Indian High Commission is engaged with the Indian community leaders, including those in other cities like Mombassa, Sarna said.
The spokesman pointed out that the violence was not targeted against Asians or Indians and was a result of the internal situation in Kenya.
Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes amid brutal post-election violence in Kenya that has claimed over 300 lives and threatens to descend into full-scale tribal conflict.
Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma said that the Indian community has not been targeted but some of their business establishments have been hit.
He added that the Kenyan authorities have assured that the Indians will be protected.