Print Page | Close Window

Terrorist attack in kenya .

Printed From: Black Hair Media Forum
Category: Lets Talk
Forum Name: Talk, Talk, and More Talk
Forum Description: In this Forum, the talk is about everything that can be talked about.
URL: http://Forum.BlackHairMedia.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=364559
Printed Date: Jan 22 2018 at 8:29pm


Topic: Terrorist attack in kenya .
Posted By: india100
Subject: Terrorist attack in kenya .
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 3:53pm
http://clicks.beap.bc.yahoo.com/yc/YnY9MS4wLjAmYnM9KDE2MGt2NWxqayhnaWQkV1M4Rm1nQUFBQUQ0Tk5KdjhtemxYeFdnWUJzemExSS5CaDBBQ0dPMSxzdCQxMzc5Nzk2NTA5NTUwNDY1LHNpJDQ0NjQwNTEsc3AkMTE5NzA1NjYyNixjciQzNzE0MTQyNTUxLHYkMi4wLGFpZCRpQlFUNjJLTEZ1SS0sY3QkMjUseWJ4JEsxcXlLOWRHcmdzUVNNZUlXLmlhcXcsYmkkMTkyNDk4MTU1MSxyJDAscmQkMTkxYXZpdG9lKSk/1/*http://global.ard.yahoo.com/SIG=1500ajh3v/M=999999.999999.999999.999999/S=:N/Y=YAHOO/EXP=1379803709/L=WS8FmgAAAAD4NNJv8mzlXxWgYBsza1I.Bh0ACGO1/B=iBQT62KLFuI-/J=1379796509585735/K=du8HNueOkRIxHdqI_HKqAw/A=8096013572408481228/R=0/X=6/SIG=123jl08j2/*http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;276077488;103163759;t;pc=YHO3EM2KAN" rel="nofollow -

Terror at Nairobi Mall Leaves at Least 30 Dead

By JEFFREY KOFMAN | Good Morning America – 2 hours 30 minutes ago
  • http://gma.yahoo.com/photos/terror-nairobi-mall-leaves-least-30-dead-photo-181709502.html" rel="nofollow">Terror at Nairobi Mall Leaves at Least 30 Dead (ABC News)View Photo

    Terror at Nairobi Mall Leaves at …

A casual Saturday morning at the mall turned into a siege of terror for unsuspecting shoppers in Nairobi, Kenya.

Attackers dressed in black and wearing facemasks and vests loaded with grenades sprayed the unsuspecting crowds with bullets from AK-47s.

"They just came in and threw a grenade. We were running and they opened fire. They were shouting and firing," said Jay Patel who was on an upper floor of the mall when the shooting began.

The Red Cross says at least 30 people are dead and 50 more are injured. The attackers held several dozen people hostage.

Frightened shoppers fled the mall crying and clutching their small children. At one point mall guards used shopping carts to wheel out wounded children.

A local hospital was overwhelmed with the number of wounded being brought in hours after the attack, so they had to divert them to a second facility.

Initially it was believed the gang were armed robbers but it soon became clear the attackers were targeting non-Muslims.

"The gunmen told Muslims to stand up and leave. They were safe, and non-Muslims would be targeted," said witness Elijah Kamau who was shopping in the mall.

State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf said U.S. officials were closely monitoring the situation.

"We condemn this senseless act of violence that has resulted in death and injury for many innocent men, women, and children. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of all victims. We have reports of American citizens injured in the attack, and the U.S. Embassy is actively reaching out to provide assistance," Harf said in a statement.

The gunmen hit one of the most upscale places in Nairobi.

The Westgate Mall is a destination for Kenya's elite. It bills itself as the city's premier mall, boasting that it offers customers a "first world interior" and a "safe and serene environment." It was opened in 2007 and has more than 80 stores.

"We are treating this as a terrorist attack," said police chief Benson Kibue, adding that there are likely no more than 10 attackers involved.

Somali's rebel group al-Shabab vowed in late 2011 to carry out a large-scale attack in Nairobi in retaliation for Kenya's sending of troops into Somalia to fight the Islamic insurgents.

Off duty Sgt. Major Frank Mugungu said Saturday he saw four male attackers and one female, and that he could clearly identify one of the gunmen as a Somali, though he could not identify the rest.

A self-proclaimed spokesperson for al-Shabab tweeted indicating the group's involvement.

"The Kenyan government, however, turned a deaf ear to our repeated warnings and continued to massacre innocent Muslims in Somalia #Westgate," @HSM_Press tweeted.

Concern over a hostage situation

As darkness fell in Nairobi, authorities said as many as 36 hostages are still being held by the gunmen in the mall, according to journalist Martin Cuddihy of the Australian Broadcasting Corp., who was at the scene and interviewed by CNN.




Replies:
Posted By: sexyandfamous
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 3:55pm
But why would anyone do that?


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 3:56pm
damn


Posted By: Sang Froid
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 3:58pm
Originally posted by sexyandfamous sexyandfamous wrote:

But why would anyone do that?

I think that's answered in the article.


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 4:02pm

Somalia's president sent condolences Saturday to the people of neighboring Kenya.

"These heartless acts against defenseless civilians, including innocent children, are beyond the pale and cannot be tolerated," President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said in a statement. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with Kenya in its time of grief for these lives lost and the many injured."



Posted By: zsazsa
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 4:04pm
the pics are horrible


Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 4:09pm
I don't think I can take viewing the pictures.Cry


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 4:15pm
Originally posted by carolina cutie carolina cutie wrote:

I don't think I can take viewing the pictures.Cry
I know . CryBroken Heart


Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 4:17pm
This is just... awful


p.s. I wouldn't be surprised if most Americans are shocked that Kenya had modern malls


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 4:24pm

Twitter needs to do more .

How and from where does it recruit?

The organization has a sophisticated public relations arm https://twitter.com/HSMPress_" rel="nofollow - that includes a Twitter account and video production abilities.

"Remember Mumbai?" one tweet asked Saturday, as gunfire was erupting from Westgate mall in Nairobi. The comment was an apparent reference to the 2008 attack in which 10 Pakistani men associated with the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba stormed several buildings in Mumbai, India, killing 164 people over a three-day period.



Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 4:26pm
Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

This is just... awful


p.s. I wouldn't be surprised if most Americans are shocked that Kenya had modern malls
I saw several comments like that online . SMH


Posted By: Claudie
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 5:02pm
This is sad Cry


Posted By: zsazsa
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 5:04pm

'British nationals are undoubtedly caught up in this and we should be ready for that,' Hague reveals as Somali-based militants claim responsibility for Kenyan shopping mall massacre in which at least 39 have died

  • Security guards wheel out bodies in shopping trolleys from Westlands Shopping Centre
  • Foreign Secretary William Hague confirms British citizens are caught up in the terrorist attack in Nairobi
  • The US State Department has also confirmed Americans were at the shopping centre
  • Somalian terrorist group al-Shabaab, which has links to Al-Qaeda, has now claimed responsibility for the attack
  • The terrorist organisation released a statement released saying it warned Kenya to remove troops from Somalia
  • Hostages are being held by at least five attackers still in building
  • The army and special forces are helping police flush out the gunmen
  • Upmarket mall is a favourite shopping spot for expats and wealthy Kenyans
  • Police opened fire after gunmen launched attack at midday today
  • Kenya Red Cross says at least 39 dead though police not given exact toll
  • Witness says attackers told shoppers non-Muslims were the targets


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2427892/Nairobi-mall-Gunmen-massacred-22-Kenyan-shopping-centre-targeted-non-Islamics.html#comments" rel="nofollow -

British and American nationals have undoubtedly been caught up in the 'callous and cowardly and brutal' terror attack at a shopping centre in Kenya that has left 39 people dead and 150 injured, according to Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Mr Hague said 'we should be ready for that and aware of that' as he revealed a rapid deployment team is being sent to Kenya to help in the aftermath of the atrocity at an upmarket shopping centre in the capital.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, a pregnant woman was among several Britons caught up in the attack.

Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab has now claimed responsibility for the atrocity in which men armed with guns and grenades stormed the mall and targeted non-Muslims.

Terrorist gunmen remain at the scene and police officers supported by the army are still fighting to bring the situation to an end.

GRAPHIC WARNING CONTENT
Horror: Shoppers hurry down an escalator with their hands in the air as they make their way out of the shopping centre to safety

Horror: Shoppers hurry down an escalator with their hands in the air as they make their way out of the shopping centre to safety

Army: Soldiers were drafted in to help police tackle the gunmen, who are now known to be terrorists from the Somali al-Shabaab organisation, which has links to al-Qaeda

Army: Soldiers were drafted in to help police tackle the gunmen, who are now known to be terrorists from the Somali al-Shabaab organisation, which has links to al-Qaeda

Desperation: A crowd of people hold their arms out to catch a Kenyan woman as she jumps out from the air vent where she had been hiding from the gunmen

Desperation: A crowd of people hold their arms out to catch a Kenyan woman as she jumps out from the air vent where she had been hiding from the gunmen

Emergency: A Red Cross assistant helps a child outside who was among those caught in the shooting

Emergency: A Red Cross assistant helps a child outside who was among those caught in the shooting

Escape: Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre

Escape: Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre

Spree: Shots are still being heard in the mall as police and terrorists engage in a stand-off

Spree: Shots are still being heard in the mall as police and terrorists engage in a stand-off

Mr Hague added the Government's security committee COBRA had met and was sending a deployment team to 're-enforce' the British Consulate team in Nairobi. 

'Our High Commission staff in Nairobi are working very hard, visiting hospitals, trying to make sure that they are aware of British nationals who might have been in the area or caught up in this,' he said.

'We are sending a rapid deployment team to reinforce that work, which will be particularly important if the situation carries on. We have offered the Kenyan authorities any other assistance and of course we will keep in touch with them about that.'

Hannah Chisholm, a Briton visiting Nairobi, said she and 60 others barricaded themselves into a large storeroom.

She told the BBC: 'We kept running to different places but the shots were getting louder so we barricaded ourselves along with about 60 others into a large storeroom. There were children hiding with us as well as someone who had been shot.'

She added: 'The gunfire was loud and we were scared but at that point we thought the gunmen were thieves so we assumed they wouldn't try to reach the storeroom.'

Scramble: People rush for safety away from gunfire between police and armed attackers

Scramble: People rush for safety away from gunfire between police and armed attackers

Fleeing: A child runs to safety across the shopping mall

Fleeing: A child runs to safety across the shopping mall

Wounded: A Kenyan policeman sits clutching his stomach alongside his rifle while a colleague exchanges fire with the terrorists

Wounded: A Kenyan policeman sits clutching his stomach alongside his rifle while a colleague exchanges fire with the terrorists

Scared: Clearly distressed, this family join hands as they make their way out of the building. Bullet wounds can be seen in the glass behind them

Scared: Clearly distressed, this family join hands as they make their way out of the building. Bullet wounds can be seen in the glass behind them

Cat and mouse: A security officer points out the location of where some of the terrorists may be hiding to his colleagues, all three of whom have their pistols at the ready

Cat and mouse: A security officer points out the location of where some of the terrorists may be hiding to his colleagues, all three of whom have their pistols at the ready

Protection: A mother and her children lie on the floor as they attempt to hide while the gunmen armed with automatic weapons go on the rampage

Protection: A mother and her children lie on the floor as they attempt to hide while the gunmen armed with automatic weapons go on the rampage

Terrified: A young in tears is led away form the terror by a police officer

Terrified: A young in tears is led away form the terror by a police officer

Al-Shabaab, also known as Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (HSM), appeared to claim responsibility for the atrocity by writing on its official Twitter feed that 'the Mujahideen entered Westgate Mall today at around noon'.

It said it had previously warned the Kenyan government that, if they did not remove military forces from Somalia, there would be 'severe consequences'.

'For long we have waged war against the Kenyans in our land, now it's time to shift the battleground and take the war to their land,' it tweeted.

'The Mujahideen entered Westgate Mall today at around noon and are still inside the mall, fighting the Kenyan Kuffar inside their own turf.'

The organisation claimed it had killed more than 100 Kenyan 'kuffar', a derogatory term used to describe non-Muslims.

Sky News has reported that the US State Department has confirmed US citizens are among the casualties, and French news agency AFP has said two French citizens were among the dead.

Kenyan President Uhuru said a close family member was among the victims. In a televised address, he added: 'The despicable perpetrators of this cowardly act hoped to intimidate, divide and cause despondency amongst Kenyans.

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

Gunmen who opened fire at a shopping centre killing at least 39 and injuring dozens more today let muslims go free if they could prove they were Islamic.

Witnesses caught up in the attack at Westlands Shopping Centre, in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, said anyone who could recite a muslim prayer to their captors was allowed to leave unscathed.

But the attackers turned their guns on anyone who could not prove their Islamic credentials.

Downing Street confirmed Prime Minister David Cameron had spoken to President Kenyatta, this afternoon about the attack.


Kenyan police and soldiers have pinned down the remaining gunmen who opened fire. A security source at the scene in the capital Nairobi confirmed the attackers had been isolated.

The source said: 'The attackers have been isolated and are pinned down in an area on one of the floors - the rest of the mall seems to be secure.'

One witness who was embroiled in the situation claimed that the gunmen told Muslims to stand up and leave and that only non-Muslims would be targeted when they opened fire at the upmarket mall of the Westlands district around midday.

At least two dozen people, wounded and dead, were wheeled out on stretchers and in shopping trolleys by security guards, while others were seen walking out of the building, clutching bloodied clothing around their injuries.

Locals and tourists who were out shopping on the sunny Saturday in Kenya ran screaming from the building and cars were left abandoned as attackers threw grenades and fired AK47s.

Over the course of an hour people streamed from the building, at least half a dozen covered in blood and clutching small children to them.

The Kenya Red Cross Society now says that 25 have been reported dead and at least 50 wounded.

At least nine people were carried out of the building bleeding from wounds to their limbs and two others were wheeled unconscious from the scene in shopping trolleys.

A young boy is believed to have been among those killed.

Safety: Shoppers and shop assistants raise their hands as they are escorted out by armed police

Safety: Shoppers and shop assistants raise their hands as they are escorted out by armed police

Children: A soldier carries one of the survivors to safety as armed police hunt for the gunmen

Children: A soldier carries one of the survivors to safety as armed police hunt for the gunmen

Hunt: Armed police search customers taking cover inside a bathroom at the shopping centre

Hunt: Armed police search customers taking cover inside a bathroom at the shopping centre

Gunfight: Police are still trying to escort people away from the site where fighting continues

Gunfight: Police are still trying to escort people away from the site where fighting continues

Hostages: Police say armed men are still in the building and are holding prisoners

Hostages: Police say armed men are still in the building and are holding prisoners

Release: Hostages move out in a line after being rescued from the mall

Release: Hostages move out in a line after being rescued from the mall

Deadly: Armed police search Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi for the last remaining gunmen

Deadly: Armed police search Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi for the last remaining gunmen

Search: Police scour the centre with guns to try and locate the terrorists still holding hostages

Search: Police scour the centre with guns to try and locate the terrorists still holding hostages

Shattered glass: A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate Shopping Centre where gunmen went on a shooting spree in Nairobi

Shattered glass: A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate Shopping Centre where gunmen went on a shooting spree in Nairobi

Shootout: Soldiers and armed police fire at the suspected terrorists as they try to wrest back control of the shopping centre

Shootout: Soldiers and armed police fire at the suspected terrorists as they try to wrest back control of the shopping centre

Special forces: The army and elite squads have now been drafted in to help police flush out the gunmen

Special forces: The army and elite squads have now been drafted in to help police flush out the gunmen

Shootout: A police officer takes up position at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi

Shootout: A police officer takes up position at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi

Rescue: A policeman carries a baby to safety on the barrel of his gun while a woman ducks for safety behind him

Rescue: A policeman carries a baby to safety on the barrel of his gun while a woman ducks for safety behind him

Stand-off: Soldiers are still searching in and around the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi after armed men attempted to rob a shop

Stand-off: Soldiers are still searching in and around the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi after the supposed terrorist attack

At a news conference, Internal Security Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo said 'terrorists and threats have been present in Kenya for quite some time now'.

The army, including special forces, have now been drafted in to help police flush out the gunmen.

Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary General Abbas Guled said: 'The casualties are many, and that's only what we have on the outside. Inside there are even more casualties and shooting is still going on.'

There were unconfirmed reports of two large explosions, with several smaller explosions. Two people were reportedly injured on the road.

'We have officers at the scene trying to get out the group shooting inside. They have not been located,' a senior police official said.

'Officers are approaching the situation with caution because there are innocent civilians inside,' he said. 

Armed police arrived on the scene nearly half an hour later and could be heard shouting 'get out, get out' as scores of shoppers fled the building.

Smoke billowed out of the entrance, which was believed to have been caused by the grenade attack.

Dutch embassy employee Rob Vandijk said he had been eating at a restaurant in the shopping mall when gunmen threw hand grenades inside the building.

People began to scream and drop to the ground, he said, as machine gun fire rang out across the busy mall.

Officials have not given the exact death toll as police and gunmen are continuing to exchange fire, but reporters said they had seen at least 15 bodies.

 


Police say that attackers are holding seven hostages in the building, and other people remain hidden inside.

'I saw three of the attackers dressed in black and with covered faces and they were carrying heavy rifles,' said another witness.

Kenyan soldiers were also deployed to take part in the operation to bring the shopping complex back under control.

Police helicopters circled over the building as sporadic gunfire could be heard more than two hours after the attack was launched.

Police cordoned off the roads surrounding the mall in central Nairobi's Westlands neighborhood.

Manish Turohit, 18, who escaped after hiding in the parking garage for two hours, says he saw gunmen with AK-47s and vests with hand grenades on them inside the centre.

Police initially believed the attack was an attempt by about ten armed men to rob a shop.

But Elijah Kamau, a witness, told AP that the gunmen had announced that they were targeting non-Muslims as they began their attack at the centre.

Some of those who escaped were 'challenged to recite a Muslim prayer and were then let out', according to Allan Sayers, who contacted MailOnline and said he was in the Westgate mall five minutes before the attack.

Mr Sayers said people were still in text and phone contact with some of the hostages.

'There are still many hostages still inside and reports of many more dead,' he said.

 

Now Nairobi police chief Benson Kibue has said it was a terrorist attack and the Kenya Ministry of Interior has said the shooting may have been an 'attack by terrorists'.

'They don't seem like thugs, this is not a robbery incident,' said Yukeh Mannasseh who was on the top floor when the shooting started.

'It seems like an attack. The guards who saw them said they were shooting indiscriminately.'

Somali's rebel group al-Shabab vowed in late 2011 to carry out a large-scale attack in Nairobi in retaliation for Kenya's sending of troops into Somalia to fight the Islamic insurgents.

The Somali militant group al-Shabaab had earlier threatened to strike the mall, as it is a popular destination for the city’s expatriate community. 

However, no one has yet to claim responsibility for the assault. 

One victim said that he had been shot by a man who appeared to be Somali, while others noted the gunmen were speaking in a foreign language. 

'The gunmen tried to fire at my head but missed. There are definitely many casualties,' Sudjar Singh, who works at the shopping centre, told AFP.

'I saw three of the attackers dressed in black and with covered faces and they were carrying heavy rifles,' said another witness.

Errol Fernandes, a Kenyan businessman said: 'There were two guys – they came in from the car park on the roof. One had dreadlocks, he had an AK47 and was firing randomly.

'I just ran into the café kitchen and then we all hid in the refrigerator, until we were told to run out of the fire escape.

'I'm sure there must be many dead and injured.'

'The gunmen tried to fire at my head but missed. There are definitely many casualties,' Sudjar Singh, who works at the shopping centre, told AFP.

'I saw three of the attackers dressed in black and with covered faces and they were carrying heavy rifles,' said another witness.

Kenyan soldiers were also deployed to take part in the operation to bring the shopping complex back under control. 

Police cordoned off the roads surrounding the mall in central Nairobi's Westlands neighborhood.

Kenya’s interior minister said the mall shooting may be “an attack by terrorists.” 

"It is a possibility that it is an attack by terrorists, so we are treating the matter very seriously," Mutea Iringo, the principal secretary in the Ministry of Interior told Reuters. 

Asked if foreign security services were involved in the operation to flush out the attackers, he said, 'At this stage it has not become necessary yet.'

The picture above prompted a woman to contact MailOnline, saying the woman with the two children is her sister-in-law.

'These aren't all nameless individuals, these are real people and don't me and my family know it today,' she said. 

'What the picture doesn't show is the gun shot wound she has just come out of surgery for. 

'Brave woman who I am so proud to call my family.'

An AFPTV reporter said police and security guards were trying to secure a multi-screen cinema complex inside the mall where many had taken shelter. 

The reporter said she saw at least 20 people rescued from a toy shop on one of the upper floors of the building.

A shop manager who managed to escape said it had appeared 'the shooters had taken control of all the mall'.

Attacks by Somali Islamists in Kenya often involve gunmen armed with automatic weapons and grenades, with targets including bars, nightclubs and restaurants in various parts of the country.

There was a suspected al-Shabaab attack which left five dead and three injured at a restaurant in the eastern city of Garissa in January, and in August last year one person was killed and six more were left injured in the Eastleigh area of Nairobi on the eve of a visit by Hillary Clinton, then the United States secretary of state.

Last month 18 of the 19 US embassies and consulates across the Middle East and Africa were closed after a message between al Qaida officials about plans for a major terror attack was intercepted.

The Foreign Office says it is 'urgently looking into' the incident and has echoed Kenyan police with warnings to Britons to avoid the area.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said: 'We are in close contact with the Kenyan authorities on the ground in Kenya and at ministerial level in the United Kingdom.

'The prime consideration at present is the welfare of members of the public caught up in this incident.'

Concerned British nationals are advised to monitor FCO travel advice and to contact 020 7008 0000.





Posted By: shantel75
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 5:14pm
Lord have mercy... this is terrible!! Cry


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 5:21pm
Originally posted by shantel75 shantel75 wrote:

Lord have mercy... this is terrible!! Cry
  Yes . The reason why i only post a small link to the pictures . Poor children .


Posted By: nitabug
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 5:26pm
Well, that wasn't smart. we have our military in Kenya already.


Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 5:51pm
smh

Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:

Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

This is just... awful


p.s. I wouldn't be surprised if most Americans are shocked that Kenya had modern malls
I saw several comments like that online . SMH


Posted By: Jewelsnyc
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 5:53pm
I'm so tired of this hate filled world.


Posted By: Katrenia
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 6:04pm
Terrorists have no concern for human life, only their cause.


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 6:53pm

Five hostages have been released from Nairobi's Westgate Mall, the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre said. The government agency called this development "positive," while adding the "siege continues."

Armed gunmen are in a tense standoff with Kenyan police and soldiers inside an upscale Nairobi shopping mall, hours after brazenly gunning down shoppers, diners and more. Thirty-nine people are dead and 293 have been treated at area hospitals.

 



Posted By: SoutherNtellect
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 6:59pm
All those children!


Posted By: Tbaby
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 9:48pm
As of 9:49 central time, the terrorists still have hostages.  I'm praying they will be released unharmed.Cry


Posted By: Sleek
Date Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 9:53pm
This is sad and horrible


Posted By: Prazol60
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 12:53am
Sad and disgusting. Never understand the point of a terror group like this wanting to spread their ideals and "message" by attacking civilians.


Posted By: Missvw
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 8:12am
So, so sad Cry


Posted By: dijah.love
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 10:54am
absolutely terrible


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 11:16am
this is just a disaster


Posted By: Senior Detective
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 11:24am
Unhappy


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 11:49am

Praying  . Cry

  • At least 30 hostages remain trapped inside an upscale mall in Nairobi, http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/kenya.htm" rel="nofollow - Kenya , more than 24 hours after unsuspecting shoppers were met with a siege of terror when attackers dressed in black, wearing facemasks and vests, threw grenades and opened fire on unsuspecting crowds.

Kenya's interior Cabinet secretary Joseph Lenku said at least 59 people were killed and at least 175 others were injured in the attack. While more than 1,000 people were rescued from the shopping center, Kenyan forces continue to swarm the mall are as a tense standoff ensues.

"The priority is to save as many lives as possible," Lenku said.

Overnight, a senior Obama administration official confirmed to ABC News that four Americans are amongst the injured. Two victims -- including one child – remain hospitalized, the official said.



Posted By: Limalady
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 2:16pm
These terrorist groups are so divisive. Cry When I was in Nigeria, the Muslims and the Christians lived and worked side by side. What do these acts of violence accomplish? It just breaks my heart.


Posted By: rickysrose
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 2:33pm
this is madness

my heart goes out to all the victims and their families ... how harrowing

they still have hostages?  usually muslim terrorists seem to go on suicide missions ... hopefully these terrorists want to live and will negotiate for the lives of the hostages




Posted By: Merin
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 4:10pm
My girlfriend lives in DAR and has a friend living there. Her Momma barely escaped and saw them lining up CHILDREN and shooting them one by one. May these bastards be tortured and burn in hell.


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 4:17pm
Originally posted by Merin Merin wrote:

My girlfriend lives in DAR and has a friend living there. Her Momma barely escaped and saw them lining up CHILDREN and shooting them one by one. May these bastards be tortured and burn in hell.
Thank God the mother is ok physically . Pray she can mentally handle what she saw .
Twitter allowed the evil fools to speak in the open forum about evil acts . Now they banned the dogs ?

Sources within Al-Shabaab told CNN that nine names listed on a Twitter site -- now suspended -- were people who were among the alleged hostage-takers.

Three of the alleged attackers are from the United States, two are from Somalia and there is one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom, according to the list.



Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 22 2013 at 4:22pm
I Am trying my best to ignore the immature fools that continues to one star such a serious topic . I wish admin would take the kindergarten sticker system away . Children are dead . Broken Heart


Posted By: MsBMW
Date Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 8:54am
This so heartbreaking......


Posted By: K_Camille
Date Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 9:15am
Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:

I Am trying my best to ignore the immature fools that continues to one star such a serious topic . I wish admin would take the kindergarten sticker system away . Children are dead . Broken Heart

It's the internet..you can't control people's actions so don't take it to heart.  It's only a star, people will read the topic regardless of the rating.  


Posted By: Merin
Date Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 10:06am
Two of the dead were visibly pregnant women.


Posted By: Missvw
Date Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 10:08am
Originally posted by Merin Merin wrote:

Two of the dead were visibly pregnant women.
 CryCryCryCry


Posted By: Senior Detective
Date Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 10:20am
the best way to ignore something is to bring it to everyone's attention.....   yeahStern Smile


Posted By: 510QUEEN
Date Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 12:47pm
I have friends there.  I was so glad that they updated us all to let us know they were safe.


Posted By: Wildfire
Date Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 12:53pm
Originally posted by india100 india100 wrote:

Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

This is just... awful


p.s. I wouldn't be surprised if most Americans are shocked that Kenya had modern malls
I saw several comments like that online . SMH


dont feel too bad. They thought Haiti was in Africa, so.



this is horrible though. sigh




Posted By: Wildfire
Date Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 12:55pm
oh God, the fear this woman mustve had for her children's lives

Protection: A mother and her children lie on the floor as they attempt to hide while the gunmen armed with automatic weapons go on the rampage


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 3:58pm
Originally posted by Senior Detective Senior Detective wrote:

the best way to ignore something is to bring it to everyone's attention.....   yeahStern Smile
Bunny I am only going to tell you this once . Don't return with that sarcastic harrasing crap with me . I can't control or care about you posting under another username , but i be dam if you are going to start with me again . I have not said a word to you since you came back . You will be the first to claim you did nothing wrong , but look at this uncall for mess in a serious topic . I refuse to stoop to your kid games . I will report you if you harrass me again .


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 23 2013 at 3:59pm
Originally posted by Wildfire Wildfire wrote:

oh God, the fear this woman mustve had for her children's lives

Protection: A mother and her children lie on the floor as they attempt to hide while the gunmen armed with automatic weapons go on the rampage
Loook like she told the babies to play dead . CryCry


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 24 2013 at 9:48am

Kenya's https://twitter.com/InteriorKE/status/382428713549586432" rel="nofollow - Interior Ministry also gave reason for hope: "We're very near the end."

But four days after Al-Shabaab terrorists stormed the swanky mall, several gunmen -- including snipers -- were still inside, two senior officials said.

 
 

And it's uncertain how many hostages might still be trapped, although Kenyan officials https://twitter.com/NDOCKenya/status/382257625486065664" rel="nofollow - tweeted early Tuesday that they believed all of them had been freed.

Hours later, the sound of an explosion was heard coming from the mall.

"We are doing cleanup of explosives that had been set up by the terrorists," https://twitter.com/PoliceKE/status/382432585529704448" rel="nofollow - police said .

At least 62 people were dead, the Kenya Red Cross said in its last accounting Monday. However, the death toll would not appear to include three Kenyan soldiers reported dead by the military Tuesday, and more bodies of civilians could remain inside the besieged mall.

And while the deadly siege drags on, the families of 65 people still unaccounted for don't know whether their loved ones escaped safely, are hiding somewhere in the vast mall or might be among the dozens killed by the terrorists.



Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 24 2013 at 12:00pm
A candy bar ?
 

Kenya mall siege: Mom says Westgate Mall terrorists gave her two kids Mars bars — and let them live

Pauline says Emily and Eliot were spared in a miracle in the middle of a massacre as they came face-to-face with a killer. 'He told me I had to change my religion to Islam and said, ‘Do you forgive us? Do you forgive us?’' she says. Meanwhile, Kenyan officials said they had 'taken control of all the floors' in the upscale shopping center in Nairobi. Three of the attackers were said to have been killed in the fighting Monday.

By http://www.nydailynews.com/authors?author=Bill%20Hutchinson" rel="nofollow - Published: Monday, September 23, 2013, 9:23 AM

Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 2:44 AM
 
58
0
< style=": static; BORDER-BOTTOM-STYLE: none; BORDER-RIGHT-STYLE: none; MARGIN: 0px; WIDTH: 32px; BORDER-TOP-STYLE: none; HEIGHT: 20px; VISIBILITY: ; BORDER-LEFT-STYLE: none; TOP: 0px; LEFT: 0px" id=I0_1380041713866 title=+1 =0 marginHeight=0 ="https://apis.google.com/_/+1/fast?bsv=o&usegapi=1&width=&annotation=none&size=medium&hl=en&origin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nydailynews.com&=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nydailynews.com%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Fkenya-forces-closing-besieged-mall-article-1.1464634&g=3p&jsh=m%3B%2F_%2Fscs%2Fapps-static%2F_%2Fjs%2Fk%3Doz.gapi.en_US.vQiZFK6Lv-w.O%2Fm%3D__features__%2Fam%3DAQ%2Frt%3Dj%2Fd%3D1%2Frs%3DAItRSTMV2pqSPDArVBY5sBbKY2B-7q8Nkg#_methods=onPlusOne%2C_ready%2C_%2C_%2C_resizeMe%2C_renderstart%2Concircled%2Cd%2Ce%2C&id=I0_1380041713866&parent=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nydailynews.com&pfname=&rpctoken=47700098" Border=0 width="100%" allowTransparency name=I0_1380041713866 marginWidth=0 scrolling=no -gapiattached="true">
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/kenya-forces-closing-besieged-mall-article-1.1464634?print" rel="nofollow - Print
196
58
0
< style=": static; BORDER-BOTTOM-STYLE: none; BORDER-RIGHT-STYLE: none; MARGIN: 0px; WIDTH: 32px; BORDER-TOP-STYLE: none; HEIGHT: 20px; VISIBILITY: ; BORDER-LEFT-STYLE: none; TOP: 0px; LEFT: 0px" id=I1_1380041713889 title=+1 =0 marginHeight=0 ="https://apis.google.com/_/+1/fast?bsv=o&usegapi=1&width=&annotation=none&size=medium&hl=en&origin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nydailynews.com&=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nydailynews.com%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Fkenya-forces-closing-besieged-mall-article-1.1464634&g=3p&jsh=m%3B%2F_%2Fscs%2Fapps-static%2F_%2Fjs%2Fk%3Doz.gapi.en_US.vQiZFK6Lv-w.O%2Fm%3D__features__%2Fam%3DAQ%2Frt%3Dj%2Fd%3D1%2Frs%3DAItRSTMV2pqSPDArVBY5sBbKY2B-7q8Nkg#_methods=onPlusOne%2C_ready%2C_%2C_%2C_resizeMe%2C_renderstart%2Concircled%2Cd%2Ce%2C&id=I1_1380041713889&parent=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nydailynews.com&pfname=&rpctoken=36969332" Border=0 width="100%" allowTransparency name=I1_1380041713889 marginWidth=0 scrolling=no -gapiattached="true">
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/kenya-forces-closing-besieged-mall-article-1.1464634?print" rel="nofollow - Print
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/kenya-forces-closing-besieged-mall-article-1.1464634#commentpostform" rel="nofollow - Comment
TMPOUT

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Children Emily, 6, and Eliot, 4, miraculously survived when a terrorist gave mother Pauline's kids Mars bars and told her she had to change her religion to Islam. “Naturally, I was going to say whatever they wanted and they let us go,” she said.

 

Bloodthirsty terrorists who brought jihad to a Kenyan mall showed no mercy to a pregnant woman and her partner, slaughtering the lovers two weeks before their first child was to be born.

Elif Yavuz and her partner, Ross Langdon, died in each other’s arms — one of the many horrifying stories from Westgate Mall in Nairobi, where 62 innocents were slain by a



Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 12:15pm

Samantha Lewthwaite: was the 'White Widow' at Westgate mall?

Samantha Lewthwaite

Reports a 'pale-skinned' woman was among the attackers reignite speculation about British terror suspect


Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/crime/nairobi-attack/55272/samantha-lewthwaite-was-white-widow-westgate-mall#ixzz2g1IwsBC0" rel="nofollow - http://www.theweek.co.uk/crime/nairobi-attack/55272/samantha-lewthwaite-was-white-widow-westgate-mall#ixzz2g1IwsBC0
http://www.theweek.co.uk/crime/nairobi-attack/55272/samantha-lewthwaite-was-white-widow-westgate-mall#ixzz2g1A4pXSJ" rel="nofollow - http://www.theweek.co.uk/crime/nairobi-attack/55272/samantha-lewthwaite-was-white-widow-westgate-mall#ixzz2g1A4pXSJ


Posted By: Naturalchick30
Date Posted: Sep 26 2013 at 12:31pm
Originally posted by Merin Merin wrote:

My girlfriend lives in DAR and has a friend living there. Her Momma barely escaped and saw them lining up CHILDREN and shooting them one by one. May these bastards be tortured and burn in hell.



Oh God


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Sep 28 2013 at 10:37am
September 2013 Last updated at 12:00 ET

 

Militants 'hired Kenyan mall shop'

The militants who led the attack on a Kenyan mall hired a shop there in the weeks leading up to the siege, senior security sources have told the BBC.

This gave them access to service lifts at Westgate enabling them to stockpile weapons and ammunition.

Having pre-positioned weapons they were able to re-arm quickly and repel the security forces.

Sixty-seven people are known to have died in the four-day siege. Kenya's Red Cross says 61 others are still missing.

Forensic experts are still combing the complex, looking for bodies and clues.

 "Terrorism is an exploitation of openings" was the way Ndung'u Gethenji, chair of Kenya's parliamentary defence committee, described to me the attack in Nairobi. And the gunmen at the Westgate siege exploited those openings to the full to mount a "spectacular" that has wounded Kenya - and left its people shaken.

That extremist gunmen could secure a base within the mall in the weeks leading up to the attack and pre-position weapons is in itself astonishing. But for many Kenyans, audacious as it is, it will come as little surprise when bribery remains the currency of everyday life.

A few "bob" - (Kenya shillings) to "look the other way" is not unusual here, despite the best efforts of many brave Kenyans to rein the problem in. Porous borders and a ready supply of weapons have long fuelled the threat of violence in Kenya - an AK-47 costs just $450 (£280) today if you know the right people.

Many Kenyans now hope the legacy of Westgate will be tougher action to tackle dodgy deals. The human cost of not doing so has already been laid bare.

The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, which is part of al-Qaeda, says it was behind the attack and the following siege at the upmarket mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Kenya is in its third day of official mourning for both the civilian and military victims of the attack.

Fake IDs?

The BBC investigation has revealed how the Westgate gunmen were able to plan and carry out the siege, and how security breaches allegedly fuelled by corruption made it an attack waiting to happen.

To rent a shop, the militants would have needed fake IDs supplied by corrupt government officials.

The BBC has also confirmed more details about how they executed their attack.

Two vehicles dropped the Islamist extremists off outside before they forced their way into the mall, sources say.

They are also believed to have set up a base using a ventilation shaft as a hiding place, on the first floor.

Security sources have also confirmed a change of tack by the militants late on Saturday.

They rolled out heavy calibre machine guns, exploiting the moment when control of the security operation switched from the police to the military.

There are reports that this switchover was fraught with confusion.

Remains of cars and other debris can be seen of the parking lot outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya - 26 September 2013 New photos revealing some of the damage at the Westgate shopping centre have been released.
The remains of cars and other debris can be seen in a general view photographed from the rooftop, of the parking lot outside the Westgate Mall on 26 September 2013 They show how parts of the rooftop car park have collapsed down onto what is believed to be the supermarket area.
Westgate jewellery shop The manager of a jewellery shop allowed back into Westgate showed the BBC photos she took, showing that the store had been looted.
A man sits with the service leaflet during the funeral of Mbugua Mwangi and his fiancee Rosemary Wahito, in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday 27 September 2013 President Uhuru Kenyatta declared three days of official mourning this week. The funeral of his nephew and his nephew's fiancee took place in Nairobi on Friday.


Posted By: stardaqueenb23
Date Posted: Sep 29 2013 at 5:00pm
A friend of mine was in the mall she escaped but her boyfriend was murdered. This whole thing was so senseless.



Print Page | Close Window