Skip to comments.Gunmen Storm Nairobi Mall, at Least 25 Killed (On scene photos by Reuters)
Posted on 09/21/2013 11:23:36 AM PDT by kristinn
Excerpt of article accompanying 14 photos of attack at source link:
Militant gunmen stormed a shopping mall in Nairobi on Saturday killing at least 25 people, including children, and sending scores fleeing in panic from shops and restaurants onto the streets, according to witnesses and the Red Cross.
Shooting continued hours after the initial assault as troops surrounded the Westgate mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting down the attackers shop by shop. A police officer inside the building said the gunmen were barricaded inside the Nakumatt supermarket, one of Kenya's biggest chains.
"We got three bodies from this shop," he said, standing a dozen meters from the supermarket entrance and pointing to a children's shoe shop where blood lay in pools.
He turned to a nearby hamburger bar where piped music still played and food lay abandoned in a similar bloody scene. "And a couple of bodies here."
The Westgate mall attack was the single biggest since al Qaeda's east Africa cell bombed the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, in 1998 killing more than two hundred people. In 2002, the same militant cell attacked an Israeli-owned hotel and tried to shoot down an Israeli jet in a coordinated attack.
Tiles were smeared with blood, bullet casings were strewn on the floor and shop windows were shattered. A policeman dragged the corpse of a young girl across the floor and lay her on a stretcher. Two plainclothes policemen lay on the floor with guns trained on the Nakumatt supermarket entrance.
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Maybe the gun grabbers need to focus their attention on Isalmic causes of mass violence instead.
No no no! DU can barely define this as an Islamic attack, only a religious one. They can’t define the attack because that’ll kill their narrative.
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.
Gotta be Islamic savages. Sub-human Africanized bees.
Coming to a shopping center near you. BLOAT.
They will say the guns were bought in Alabama or Texas.
I hope the killers were African-American. If not, they will be in big trouble!
The death toll grew to 30 people in Saturday's attack by gunmen on an upscale shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, leading to a fierce gunbattle with police and a hostage standoff, authorities said.
Several hours after the attack, Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
"The Mujahideen entered #WestgateMall today at around noon and are still inside the mall," the Islamic extremist group said on its Twitter account.
One suspect was killed, said a Kenyan official who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information. There were also 100 people injured, the official said.
Americans were among those injured, but the majority of casualties are Kenyan, authorities said.
Another suspected gunman is in the hospital and is being detained by authorities, said national police on its Twitter account.
Authorities say 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.
If only Kenya would pass some common sense gun laws.
St. Cloud, MN, residents, take note.
Quakers? Anabaptists? Buddhists? Any ideas?
SOB’s? Sons of obama? /s?
At the time the Reuters article was posted, it wasn’t 100% certain who the attackers were. Al Shabaab has since claimed responsibility.
Shades of the Mumbai attack; guaranteed to kill only people living in the 20th/21st century. No need to worry about killing 7th century brethren...
Time for more US Gun Control!!!11!! < /liberal>
They were just playing the Chicago game.
Per the Reuters link-
Gunman arrested in Nairobi mall shooting has died from bullet wounds: Kenyan presidency
Several others though w/hostages.
This just in....Nairobi SWAT Team told to Stand Down!. Investigation promised. /Sarc
Probably intended to send a message to the Obama regime.
Anglicans my sources tell me....
When you see this in your local papers, it won’t be anything like the reality. The part about jihadis targeting only normal people will be gone.
Thank you for the link. Kenya seems like a real melting pot of people caring for their fellow man.
Pretty intense. God bless these poor people- just out shopping. Apparently this mall is used by lots of foreigners and “rich Kenyans”..so these madmen knew who thy were going after.
The photographer has rally captured the sense of what it’s like to be in the midst of the evil.
Westgate Mall twitter page
with pics and a link to live coverage
“Quakers? Anabaptists? Buddhists? Any ideas?”
Maybe they were Anamists? That would be possible in Africa...
The TERRORISTS are tweeting live???? OMG.
Terroist attack as a reality show..
BBC keeping up- amazing video of people escaping.
They are likely using weapons smuggled through Benganzi.
Nope! It those boys on bikes. You know. The ones with the white shirts, neckties, and black name tags.
Members of my church are missionaries close to there. They go to this mall. They are ok; but family members of people at the school they work at were killed; more than one.
They are updating on FB...
The photo journalist was likely in very great danger taking these photos.
I notice the man placing himself in danger while reaching out to the little girl ( likely 3 or 4 years old) running down the middle of the hall.
The ultimate Knock Out game.
From the BBC live link I posted:
1938: British journalist Daniel Howden was at the scene of the attack.
Speaking to BBC News, he described harrowing eyewitness accounts, including one witness who said he was released by the attackers after showing his ID with a Muslim-sounding name.
He added that an Indian man who was standing next to him was asked for the name of the Prophet’s mother and when he was unable to answer, he was shot dead.
Muhamad Kamau maina @kamau_muhamad 21m there will be no negotiations, the hostages are not being killed just to prolong the attack 4 the desired media effect #westgate @hsm_press
Muhamad Kamau maina @kamau_muhamad 12m mujahiden sniper in @ #westgate has been able with high precision and accuracy kill kuffar encamping around the mall @hsm_press
Kenyan president speaking to country now- say he lost family members in attack.
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Down with the NRA! Those murderous gun nuts are responsible for this!
Says 39 killed, 150 wounded.
Horrible. Just catching up.
Thanks for the ping.