Skip to comments.UC Berkeley Graduate Among Victims Injured in Kenya Mall Attack
Posted on 09/23/2013 1:19:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The stand-off in Kenya seems to be winding down, as a spokesman for the military reported a successful rescue operation that freed most of the hostages.
But the reported number of people killed in the terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya doubled in 24 hours to 68 on Sunday, while there were more than 170 reportedly wounded. Among them, at least five Americans, one of whom has a Bay Area tie.
Elaine Dang, 26, graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2009 before joining Teach for America. She most recently headed to Nairobi, now the general manager at EatOut Kenya, an online restaurant guide.
Dang tweeted a picture of herself and two friends, showing her head bandaged, with the caption, Proof that I am OK - hanging out with some of my best friends in Nairobi.
EatOut Kenya tweeted at NBC Bay Area, she is absolutely fine and recovering well.
A company representative also posted on Facebook, Members of our team who were at the mall are all stable and being looked after. We have lost friends today and pray for the hostage situation to end.
On Sunday, survivors of the attack were speaking out about living the unimaginable listening for the gunfire and running for cover.
You could hear, while we were back there, them methodically kind of going from store to store, talking to people, and asking questions, shooting, screams, described Bendita Malakia. Then it would stop for awhile, and they would go to another store.
The grief overtook people in Nairobi, some people collapsing at the gates of a local mortuary.
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I dont know what I can say, because I have lost my friend, said Wellington Shanzu, a former mall employee.
Meantime, political leaders made it clear they will fight back.
The cowardly perpetrators now cornered in the building, we will punish the masterminds swiftly and indeed very painfully, said Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of Kenya.
The governments of Australia, Canada, France and Britain were some that confirmed the deaths of their own citizens.
It is an absolutely sickening and despicable attack of appalling brutality, said David Cameron, the British Prime Minister. What we know is that three British nationals have been killed. Because the situation is ongoing we should prepare ourselves for further bad news."
Al-Shabaab, a militant Islamist group, claimed responsibility for the attack. The group has threatened retaliation for Kenyas role in fighting insurgents in Somalia, a neighboring country.
U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, condemned the attacks.
It represents the seriousness and breadth of the challenge we face with ruthless and completely reckless terrorists," Kerry said. "We will pursue them.
Oh the irony
Just like you, Hillary and Obama pursued the Benghazi murderers of our citizens, Mr. Kerry?
Yes, hunt down those UC Berkely grads.
She went to Kenya to represent a “progressive” group in LA..so the second I heard that I thought..oh the irony, a progressive being shot at by Muslim terrorists..wonder if she feels sympathy for the people who wanted her dead
What part of it’s not a religion does the planet not understand?
The Christians forced those Muslims to do it.
Evidently she didn’t learn a thing from another globe-trotting do-goodie, Rachel Corrie, who went to Israel as a protester and returned home to the U.S. as an IHOP blue-plate special.
Here is a sad story of a couple who were victims
You are terrible.
Per an article from The Daily Mail (UK) 9/22/13:
“Elaine Dang, 26, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, has been named as one of the injured and is recovering in hospital today.
She tweeted on Sunday: ‘I am recovering. Thank you for all the love and support - in Kenya and overseas. Terrorism knows no religion.’
She then posted a picture of herself and added: ‘Proof that I am OK - hanging out with some of my best friends in Nairobi.”
My co-worker’s uncle was killed in the attack. :-(
Another dumb-as-a-stump liberal/progressive, who’ll just call for ‘gun control in Kenya’, instead.
Sad news. Sorry to hear.
Has Zippy (The Kenyon Won) made any “just shopping mall violence”) comments to the low info voters yet?
“We will pursue them.
Yeah-—Right OJ—errrr I mean John F’in.
Did she not tell them she was a Berzerkly graduate? What is wrong with those terrorists? Are they so uninformed that they didn’t know she hates Christians and and America as much as they do?
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