Angus Robertson has expressed his shock over the terror attack in the Kenyan capital Nairobi that took place as the Moray MP was visiting a peace and reconciliation event in central region of the country.
Mr Robertson was attending the Laikipia Highland Games for peace and reconciliation when news of the shootings emerged.
At least 68 people were killed and almost 200 injured in the attack at the Westgate shopping centre by between 10 and 15 terrorists, who opened fire on shoppers and held dozens hostage.
When news of the attack came through the Moray MP and SNP spokesman said that reaction from those attending in Laikipia was of shock and horror. As further news of the dead and injured came through queues formed at blood banks as local people sought to help in any way possible.
Speaking from Laikipia, Mr Robertson said: “People here in Kenya are absolutely shocked by the terrorist outrage in Nairobi. The reaction from all faith groups has been unanimous in condemning the terrible shootings. Queues have formed at blood banks to provide the necessary life-saving supplies.
“All Kenyans I have spoken to here are absolutely outraged by the incident. The peace and reconciliation event I have been at in central Kenya was attended by a number of Nairobi-based diplomats from different countries.
“They have been working flat-out to get information about the incident, the victims and affected families and coordinate the response.
“It is a terrible situation for all involved and the SNP joins the universal condemnation of this terrorist act.”
Reports this morning suggest that local troops had moved to end the three-day siege.
The Foreign Office has confirmed that the families of three UK citizens who were killed in the attack had been informed.