Skip to comments.Kenya President Declares Victory Over Terrorists in Mall Carnage
Posted on 09/24/2013 2:23:15 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The president of Kenya declared victory over terrorists today saying that despite an "immense" loss of life during the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall, defense forces "ashamed and defeated our attackers."
President Uhuru Kenyatta described a scene of bloody carnage following a lengthy siege of the Westgate mall that left at least 72 people dead, including 61 civilians.
The death toll is expected to rise, he said, because in the final hours of fighting, three of the mall's floors collapsed, resulting in "several bodies still trapped in the rubble including the terrorists."
He said 240 people had been injured in the attack since armed members of al-Shabab, an Islamist terror organization linked to al-Qaeda, opened fire on shoppers on Saturday.
He described the terrorists as "craven wretches and lowly cowards." The president said an investigation was ongoing to confirm the identities and nationalities of the victims and the attackers, and he said officials were trying to confirm reports that the attackers included a British woman and two or three Americans.
He declared three days of national mourning.
Just before Kenyatta broadcast his address, President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations General Assembly, calling the terror attack a "tragedy."
The FBI is preparing to deploy a full team to Nairobi to investigate the attack, officials told ABC News. Agents are coming from a variety of places but the case is being led by the New York field office, which handles crimes against Americans that occur in Africa.
The FBI investigates crimes against Americans and U.S. interests overseas. The United States offered assistance to the Kenyan government soon after the assault began Saturday.
Kenyan authorities have claimed "full control" of the Westgate Mall as they sweep the shopping center for any remaining terrorists, hostages still in hiding and dead bodies.
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Three floors collapsed???
That doesn’t happen by itself.
Hell of a charge to do that.
Hard to believe this could happen in 2013.
After all “the world is more stable than it was five years ago.”
The word “pyrric” comes to mind.
72+ dead, 240 injured, three floors collapsed......a victory for who?
I guess those FBI guys roaming round Benghazi have some more work cut out for them now. Maybe they can find the indicted guys in Kenya and make it a twofer? not.
0bama called it a “tragedy”? I thought it was a terror attack by Islamic jihadists? Perhaps I misunderstood.
Kenya got the people that recruited the terrorists? Their handlers, and paymasters? The financiers, and planners?
Somehow I don’t think so. There is a lot more to an operation like this than just killing terrorists. This was not “Sudden Jihad Syndrome.”
The Victory goes, of course, to the Jihadis. They did not expect to finish it alive. They set out to create mayhem and fear. They created mayhem and fear. They won.
“Hell of a charge to do that.”
Depending on the building’s structure, a few well-placed smallish charges could have done the job. (Just speaking generally — I know nothing about the specifics of this situation.)
Kinetic operation. BTW how many times has this guy declared victory?
Oooops, sorry. Wrong thread.. This is the Navy Yard shooter.
All bozo said was this was a tragedy!!!
The terrorists are on the run!
into our malls.
I’d hate to find out what his definition of “defeat” would be.
Let’s hope he allows the military to try these guys in military tribunals, to declare them to death by firing squad after being slathered in bacon grease, and to complete the process by the end of the month. And then to have the corpses taken under armed guard into the wilderness where the dogs will be allowed to feast on the corpses.
Nice work, Kenyatta; however, a victory would have been all terrorists killed and no citizens harmed in any way.
Additional training for anti-terrorist personnel would seem to be indicated.
And you might want to beef up your intelligence apparatus, too.
From the telegraph (UK)
Sept 14, 2013 - Kenyan police claimed to have disrupted a major terrorist attack in its final stages of planning, arresting two people with suicide vests packed with ball bearings, grenades and AK-47 assault rifles. A manhunt was launched for eight more suspects, a police spokesman said. The two arrested came from an area of Nairobi where many Somali immigrants live, and were suspected of having links with al-Shabab, the Somali militant group linked to al-Qaida.
Yeah, like who ever heard of fire melting steel?..............Rosie Odonuts School of Physics..............