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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
I saw several comments like that online . SMH
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'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



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.

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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.

 

Wounded: A security officer helps an injured woman away from the building

Wounded: A security officer helps an injured woman away from the building

Relief: A woman who had been held hostage makes it out alive from the mall

Relief: A woman who had been held hostage makes it out alive from the mall, where seven are still being held

Injured: A security officer talks to his colleagues shortly after being helped from the scene having been wounded

Injured: A security officer talks to his colleagues shortly after being helped from the scene having been wounded

Critical: A victim is wheeled into the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi for emergency treatment

Critical: A victim is wheeled into the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi for emergency treatment

Rescue: A woman is shipped to an ambulance in a shopping trolley by centre staff

Rescue: A woman is shipped to an ambulance in a shopping trolley by centre staff

Devastating: Injured people receive assistance from bypassers at the scene of the shooting

Devastating: Injured people receive assistance from bypassers at the scene of the shooting

Family mall: Customers who had planned a Saturday of shopping were forced to run following a shootout between unidentified armed men and the police

Family mall: Customers who had planned a Saturday of shopping were forced to run following a shootout between unidentified armed men and the police

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.

Escape: An injured man who managed to flee the attackers is treated by paramedics outside the shopping centre

Escape: An injured man who managed to flee the attackers is treated by paramedics outside the shopping centre

Terrorist: Somali Islamist attacks are not uncommon in Kenya, although police have not confirmed the identity of the attackers

Terrorist: Somali Islamist attacks are not uncommon in Kenya, although police have not confirmed the identity of the attackers

Horror: Customers are evacuated from the shopping centre covered in blood

Horror: Customers are evacuated from the shopping centre covered in blood

Victim: Rescuers attempt to evacuate a man injured in a shootout

Victim: Rescuers attempt to evacuate a man injured in a shootout

Killings: At least 15 people are believed to be dead, although police have not confirmed a death toll

Killings: At least 15 people are believed to be dead, although police have not confirmed a death toll

Help: A man carries a boy away from the scene of the carnage earlier today

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Shock: Witnesses said a half dozen grenades went off along with volleys of gunfire that started at midday

Shock: Witnesses said a half dozen grenades went off along with volleys of gunfire that started at midday

'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.

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.





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Lord have mercy... this is terrible!! Cry
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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 .
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Well, that wasn't smart. we have our military in Kenya already.
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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
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I'm so tired of this hate filled world.
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Terrorists have no concern for human life, only their cause.
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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.

 

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