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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Kenyan security forces are combing the Nairobi shopping centre attacked by suspected al-Shabab militants, as they seek to secure the site.

An explosion and bursts of gunfire were heard coming from the complex on Tuesday morning as speculation grew that the operation was nearing its end.

At least 62 people have been killed with more than 170 injured.

Meanwhile, Kenya's foreign minister said "two or three" Americans and a British woman were among the attackers.

In an interview with the US TV programme PBS Newshour, Amina Mohamed said the Americans were 18 or 19 years old, of Somali or Arab origin, and lived "in Minnesota and one other place".

She said the Briton was a woman who has "done this many times before".

Ms Mohamed appeared to contradict earlier comments from Kenya's interior minister, who suggested that all the attackers were men - though some may have been dressed as women.

The BBC's Mike Wooldridge in Nairobi says Ms Mohamed's remarks have fuelled media speculation about the possible involvement of Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of one of the men who carried out attacks on London's transport system on 7 July 2005.

British officials said they would not be drawn on the identity of the attackers while investigations continue.

The Kenyan Red Cross has told the BBC that 63 people remain unaccounted for.

Early on Tuesday a Kenyan officer at the scene said he believed there could be two or three attackers left inside the building.

Kenyan officials said earlier that three "terrorists" had been killed, and that 10 people had been arrested.

The Somali Islamist al-Shabab movement has said it carried out the attack in retaliation for Kenyan military operations in Somalia.

Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku told the BBC late on Monday that the operation would continue overnight, but stressed it was in its final stages.

"The terrorists could be running and hiding in some stores, but all floors now are under our control," he said. "There is no room for escape."

He said it was "unlikely" that any hostages were still in the building.

Fresh gunfire

As night fell on Monday, flames and thick smoke continued to rise from the building an hour after four large explosions shook the neighbourhood.

Between 12 and 15 militants stormed the Westgate centre on Saturday, throwing grenades and firing on shoppers and staff.

At least 18 foreigners are among the dead, including six Britons, as well as citizens from France, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, Peru, India, Ghana, South Africa and China.

Nearly 200 people were wounded, including five Americans.

President Barack Obama called the attack a "terrible outrage" and said the US was providing all the co-operation it could to Kenya.

Thousands of Kenyans have been responding to appeals for blood donations.

Al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, has repeatedly threatened attacks on Kenyan soil if Nairobi did not pull its troops out of Somalia.

There are about 4,000 Kenyan troops in the south of Somalia as part of an African Union force supporting Somali government forces.

Al-Shabab is fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia.

Despite being pushed out of key cities in the past two years, it remains in control of smaller towns and large swathes of the countryside.

Source: BBC

23 comments:

  1. May the souls of the dead rest in peace. So sad. And may God punish the perpetrators. Amen.

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    1. I am yet to hear or see a protest march by 'Liberal' Muslims (if they are trully Liberal) in condemnation of extremism! I am yet to see or hear a sheik openly criticize these demonic acts by muslim extrmist! I am yet to see the muslim world leaders take up the obligation of fighting terrorism and championing total reformation of the mindset of their people concerning islam as a religion! Until then I am well convinced that islam is NOT and DOES NOT preach peace! They are unfit to coexist with others on planet earth! They should have their own planet!

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  2. I'm in.Islam is violent

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    1. I agree with you. I feel weird amongst my Muslim friends in Abuja. Sad.

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  3. After re watching the movie Blood Diamond (which centred around the war in Liberia) , I have come to the simple conclusion that Africans are evil wether Muslims or Aetheists. This people have no conscience.

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  4. Atleast their government was able to do something... What has jona done in the case of boko haram? They kill hundreds of people and yet, nothing has been done to curb out their rootlessness.. Nigeria my country.. I pray for thy

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  5. May God have mercy............so says Seyi

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  6. The world need to start hunting down all bigots and kill them on sight and let their bodies be food for birds of the sky. We don't have bigots in my neigbourhood , we'd feed them to the alligators .

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  8. This isn't about real Muslims, those guys are hiding under religion.

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    1. @ Eby, i beg to differ with you. Please stop defending this people. The truth remains that all terrorists are moslems but not all moslems are terrorists. The common denominator here is Islam.

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    2. Exactly @ Emmanuella. there is more than 50 thousand religion in the world. why is it that just one cant leave others to practice there choice of religion in peace. i can never and will never serve or worship anytin that needs mi to fight its wars for it.

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  9. I still ask till today, howmuch can I be payed to blow myself up...die for what,4 one f**kd up religion or believe na so....... The person sending me should ff me, so we can die together nd get our so called virgins ..hisssssss

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  10. Okay I have to say this....most of the alleged terrorists are american citizens

    I can only imagine what would have happen if the were Nigeria

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  11. GOD pls tarry no longer b4 dis wicked religion dat teaches it followers d benefits of killing their likes clears d christain race.

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  12. The Palms and Silverbird Galleria have just lost one family's patronage - mine. I have warned my kids to steer clear of those places. I am too old to start having children again. These fanatical BH might start having copy cat ideas.

    May God grant eternal rest to all the departed souls.

    May the terrorists and their family members (who were in the know)all die a miserable death. May their body parts never be found.

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    1. Exactly...shopping mall in Nigeria is not for me. All be warned about Shoprite. Abeg oh.

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    2. Hope are government and security agents are watching this development.
      Do we have adequate security at our large shopping malls?

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    3. So I cannot shop in shoprite again because of "UMU EKWENSU". Hmmm ifenemekwo! God will always protect His own.

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  13. As the prophets of death begin these actions all over the world, will the member countries of the UN finally wake up? Will there be a concentrated effort to eradicate this evil offshoot of Islam (meaning any and all jihadists)? Will the "moderate" Muslims wake up and become proactive instead of acting like victims and dying as same because the jihadists do not think they are Muslim enough? Will the world continue to just accept this kind of barbarity as it spreads from one continent to another, from one country to another? There will never, ever be a peacefully negotiated solution to this problem....I have just had enough of the so called religion of peace

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  14. Sad development for civilisation.

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  15. Hahahaha...operation slaughter Islam, una doooh. Its sad sha.

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  16. Hmmmm...just passing

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