Skip to comments.Kenya Westgate mall hostage standoff continues; 59 dead so far, minister says
Posted on 09/22/2013 5:07:45 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
NAIROBI, Kenya The attack by al Qaeda-linked militants at an upscale mall in Nairobi killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, Kenya's interior Cabinet secretary said Sunday.
Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted Sunday morning from inside the building where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and assault rifles.
"The priority is to save as many lives as possible," Joseph Lenku said, reassuring the families of the hostages in the upscale Westgate mall. Kenyan forces have already rescued about 1,000 people, he said.
Lenku said that there are 10 to 15 attackers involved, and Kenyan forces have control of the security cameras inside the mall. Combined military and police forces surrounded the building.
Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga told reporters at the mall that he has been told officials couldn't determine the exact number of hostages inside the mall.
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This can’t be. Al queda is decimated and on the run. The president said so.
Plenty of articles:
Report: SWAT told to ‘stand down’ at Navy Yard shooting
‘The Capitol Police department has launched a review after allegations surfaced that a supervisor ordered a tactical response team to leave the scene of the shooting that left 12 victims and the gunman dead, rather than assist municipal officers.
“I don’t think it’s a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene,” a Capitol Police source told BBC.
Thanks. I don’t remember Cousin Barry being “concerned”.
Somalia borders Kenya on the NE. Kenya sent “peace keeping” troops to Somalia. This attack is supposedly in revenge for that.
The Somalis are the predominant shopkeepers in the more remote areas of the north. They also are the major factor in road transport in those areas. Obviously, these business are closely linked.
There is a good chance of retaliation or disruption.
I'm afraid it's true and even more concerned that NO ONE does anything except PONTIFICATE.
No, if it was 19 guys from AQ it was really a false flag by Bush and the Jews.
Van Jones said so.
Is the mall a gun free zone?
Remember him? Obozo’s cousin. The one who ran for President of Kenya. The one who Obozo campaigned for and supported. The one who's supporters rioted when he lost the election. The one who claimed voter fraud.
Obama and Odinga in 2006:
HYMAN: Obamas Kenya ghosts (Odinga supporters)
By mid-February 2008, more than 1,500 Kenyans were killed. Many were slain by machete-armed attackers. More than 500,000 were displaced by the religious strife. Villages lay in ruin. Many of the atrocities were perpetrated by Muslims against Christians.
The violence was led by supporters of Raila Odinga, the opposition leader who lost the Dec. 27, 2007, presidential election by more than 230,000 votes. Odinga supporters began the genocide hours after the final election results were announced Dec. 30.
Obamas Cousin & Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga Orders Arrest of Gays
Do we now have a pattern?
Ditto that - where are the political patriots to defend our Constitution? (somewhat rhetorical)
I continue to believe it will be the People who rise up against our communist oppressors using “any means necessary”.
obamatollah knows that and it’s why they are upping their efforts to take our guns and limit availability of ammunition.
It sounds like they targeted a mall used by expats and other non-muslims and started hunting down and killing people. Many mothers and children in pictures
This has to be a suicide mission- what is their goal?
I keep thinking: “Paul Balaart, Mall Cop” a dorky kind of fun movie about a mall cop who blunders on some bad guys scheme. But if something like this ever happened at a mall here and the mall cops on Segways with whistles, walkie talkies and about 50 pounds to the plump size would stop well armed jihadists how?
If they try it in AZ, they will kill many fewer people before they gain 15# in under a minute and permanently stop shooting.
If they have functioning brains, they will go to deep blue states to commit their atrocities. Unfortunately my children live in two such states. Sigh. I pray a lot.
Obama should make an emergency trip home and put an end to this nonsense.
Just heard on FoxNews that the mall is owned by Israelis.
remember al Qaeda embassy bombng 1998 in Kenya? (also Tanzania)
Over 300 dead
Linked to Egyptian Jihad and Bin Laden operatives organized in central Asia
Not sure of the significance of Kenya, maybe to punish for western presence and security sharing arrangements
1998 was on Clintons watch
He sent cruise missiles up a camel’s butt as punishment
the Clinton team developed the deterrent doctrine of “the unbelievably small military attack”
or “talk loudly and carry a very small stick”, now favored by the obamite civilian military strategerists retreads
we know how that impressed Osama Bin laden
Susan Rice was Clinton’s African security advisor as I recall
Or, as AP (Always Propaganda) original story line read: Gunman shoot indiscriminately at Kenyan mall shoppers. Must cover for the the "peaceniks".
if so explains partly choice of target
apparently Israeli embassies have become hard targets, so Israeli (or Jewish)owned malls (and hotels?) could now become soft targets
Kenya's elite troops have been trained by the US and Britain. They've been involved in the Somalia civil war.
those who escaped claimed the gunmen specifically said they were looking for non muslims in the mall
You have to read the Brit quasi-tabloid press (Mail Online) to get the real story on these non PC events