By Jonathan Easley - 09/24/13 11:50 AM EDT
Bill and Hillary Clinton lost a personal friend in the terror attack in Kenya over the weekend, the former president said on Tuesday.
“Yes, we -- we lost one of our employees in our health access program, which works on getting the world's cheapest AIDS and malaria drugs and building health systems around Africa,” he said.
“She actually worked in Tanzania. And I saw her just a couple weeks ago in Dar es Salaam when I was there, but she was nine months pregnant, just a couple of weeks away from delivery. So she and her baby's father were walking in that mall in Nairobi, because she wanted to have the baby in Kenya. She thought that would be best. And they were both killed.”
Islamist militants from the terror group al-Shabaab killed at least 69 people in the attack.
Clinton said the violence likely stemmed from Kenyan efforts to stamp out al-Shabaab in Somalia.
“I think that they clearly were targeting Kenya because the Kenyans had gone into Somalia to try to stop al-Shabaab from spreading to Kenya,” he said.
“It appears to me that the Kenya government has been quite resolute and done a good job, and I know that President Obama's administration has supported them in their efforts. And I think this is kind of a long-term deal. We have to go on with our lives, plan our normal lives and do our best to stop these things before they start, and answer it appropriately when they do.”