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    Posted: Sep 21 2013 at 3:53pm

Terror at Nairobi Mall Leaves at Least 30 Dead

By JEFFREY KOFMAN | Good Morning America – 2 hours 30 minutes ago

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.



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But why would anyone do that?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sang Froid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post 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.
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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."

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the pics are horrible
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I don't think I can take viewing the pictures.Cry
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Originally posted by carolina cutie carolina cutie wrote:

I don't think I can take viewing the pictures.Cry
I know . CryBroken Heart
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This is just... awful


p.s. I wouldn't be surprised if most Americans are shocked that Kenya had modern malls
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Twitter needs to do more .

How and from where does it recruit?

The organization has a sophisticated public relations arm 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.

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