Israeli & Kenyan Soldiers Take Over Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, 3 Terrorists Killed

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Sept 23, 2013 – Israeli & Kenyan Soldiers Take Over Westgate Mall In Nairobi, 3 Terrorists Killed

Kenyan soldiers are currently in control  of Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall, the Kenyan interior ministry announced overnight Monday, with all the hostages trapped by Islamist gunmen believed to have been freed.

Westgate Shopping Mall on fire as terrorists blow themselves up

A government spokesman told AFP the three-day-long siege, in which the attackers massacred at least 62 shoppers and staff, was close to being declared over. He said special forces combing the building were no longer encountering any resistance.

“Our special forces are inside the building checking the rooms. We think that everyone, the hostages, have been evacuated, but we don’t want to take any chances,” Manoah Esipisu said.

“The special forces call this sanitising. At the moment they have not met any resistance, but of course we are not ruling out the possibility that there are a couple of them hiding in a remote room or corner,” he added.
After a day of fierce gunfire, huge explosions and black smoke that billowed over the Kenyan capital, the vast centre was quiet 60 hours after the gunmen stormed the complex, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

“We’re in control of Westgate,” the interior ministry said in a message on Twitter.

No details on the numbers of hostages released have been given, but 63 people were earlier recorded missing by the Red Cross, a figure thought to include hostages as well as those possibly killed.

Almost 200 were wounded in the attack, and at least 11 Kenyan troops were wounded in intense gun battles on Monday, the army said.

Special forces on Monday also killed at least three gunmen and wounded several in bitter fighting in the part Israeli-owned complex, which was popular with wealthy Kenyans and expatriates. A Kenyan security source and a Western intelligence official said Israeli forces were also involved in operations, along with British and US agents.

Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents have claimed the attack, which began midday on Saturday, when the gunmen marched into the complex, firing grenades and automatic weapons and sending panicked shoppers fleeing.

Kenyan army chief Julius Karangi said the gunmen were of different nationalities. Many foreign fighters, including Somalis with dual nationalities, are members of the Shebab force.

“They are from different countries. We have sufficient intelligence this is global terrorism,” Karangi said.

Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku denied that any of the insurgents were women: “All the terrorists are men,” he said, noting: “Some of them had dressed like women.”

Police said they had also arrested more than 10 people for questioning.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose nephew was killed along with his fiancee, called the attack “despicable and beastly.”

Non-Muslims selected for execution

The Shebab rebels said the carnage was in retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia where they are battling the Islamists.

“If you want Kenya in peace, it will not happen as long as your boys are in our lands,” rebel spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage said in a statement posted on an Islamist website.

Shocked witnesses said the gunmen tried to weed out non-Muslims for execution by interrogating people on their religion or asking them to recite the Shahada, the Muslim profession of faith.

The dead include six Britons including a British-Australian, two French women, two Canadians including a diplomat, a Chinese woman, two Indians, a South Korean, a South African and a Dutch woman, according to their governments.

Also killed was Ghanaian poet and former UN envoy Kofi Awoonor, 78, while his son was injured.

Mall worker Zipporah Wanjiru survived by hiding under a table with five other colleagues.

“They were shooting indiscriminately, it was like a movie seeing people sprayed with bullets like that,” she said, bursting into tears.

Security camera footage seen by Kenya’s The Standard newspaper showed gunmen raking toilet cubicles with a barrage of gunfire, apparently after learning that people were hiding inside. Some survivors said they played dead to avoid being killed.

While the rest of Nairobi has largely been business as usual, deeply shocked Kenyans turned out in their hundreds to give blood, as well as raising more than $400,000 (300,000 euros) to support the families affected.

Israeli interests in Kenya have come under attack before, and the Westgate mall — popular with well-to-do Kenyans, diplomats, UN workers and other expatriates — has long been seen as a potential target.

World powers condemned the chilling attack, the worst in Nairobi since an Al-Qaeda bombing at the US embassy killed more than 200 people in 1998.

US President Barack Obama called Kenyatta offering “whatever law enforcement support that is necessary”, while UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the violence was “totally reprehensible”.

Vice President William Ruto returned home to Kenya late Monday after the International Criminal Court excused him from his crimes against humanity trial over deadly 2007-08 post-election violence for a week to deal with the attack.

[AFP]

14 thoughts on “Israeli & Kenyan Soldiers Take Over Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, 3 Terrorists Killed

  1. I thought naijagist said the operation was being masterminded by a british muslim woman where did they get there info from.but all the same they are fighting for themselves not Islam. Almighty Allah said “he who kill a soul intentionally without justification will enter hell fire” so, where did they get their own justification for this act.Islam is a religion of peace and a choice for the wise ones.

  2. The devil have take over all this so call arabians muslim. Every country must do something fast. Jonathan must do somethiing fast on boko haram too ooo pls for the sake of inocent people. Lord av mercy.

  3. U people keep on deciven ur self that islam is religion peace while every day islam is kiling people every were,u beter give ur life 2 jesus Now.

  4. Kenya close all ur borders with somalias and send them back to their so call Al-shabaab country, even war is not over, and bring back ur Army,dont care of them, let them kill theirself,kambari kill fulani,no problem.

  5. BROTHER! Stfu! Islam is neva a religion of peace rather its a religion that suck blood! Y’all are deceived! Better accept christ and be freed. From eternal bondage…

  6. Who will I talk to tell that all will fine? I can taste my salting tears runing down my face like a baby,somebody pls call and give just a little good news to me.who invented. violence in d first place?who started violate act in d first? I pray they will never ever know peace even in death d beyond.why can’t we live in peace?this world is big enough for everbody.pls somebody should read this think of how cool d world will be with world peace.

  7. @brother,islam is never a peaceful religiou cos u guys belief nd hv regard wen u kill..almost al d crisis nd killing in d world are carryout by muslim like 1. boko haram 2. al qaede 3.al shebaab

  8. There is a prayer offered by prophet muhammad ( saw) it goes like this: ” may God let us see things they are. God let us see evil as it’s and good as it’s”. This means lots of ppl are deceived. People will see positive as negative. Negative as positive. People will see truth as falsehood and falsehood as truth. Pple will believe in falsehood and shun the truth. So keep blaming islam and muslims if that makes you feel good. Killing innocent souls that do you no harm is forbidden in islam. If you guys think islam is opposite of peace that’s really your problem. I’m moving on. Where are the christians of those days of our grandfathers who had religious intellect, thinking capacity and wisdom?. These virtue are lost in today’s church-goers. My advice for muslims is just ignore and turn away from news. Keep worshiping God and turn away from ignorance.

  9. Brother say. read this not naijagists,says this along,this is USA Magazines,so read just few line i cope for u, fools to read,if u need more or all,go to the magazines and read all stroys.

    The Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed claims that three Americans and a British woman are responsible for the horrific terrorist attacks on Sept. 21, in which 68 people were murdered at a popular shopping mall in Kenya. There reportedly still a standoff at the mall and the terrorists claim that they are still holding hostages.

    The scary, senseless and bloody attack at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, left millions all over the world shocked. Now, Kenya’s foreign minister is claiming that three Americans from Minnesota, who are between the ages of 18 and 19 years old, of Somali or Arab origin, were among those allegedly responsible for the horrific attack. The terrorist group, Al Shabab, is reportedly the one that is the umbrella organization that carried it out. i just pray any country keeping somalians or any muslims with too much terroist amoung them, kindly be careful of helping them and kindly send them back to their own country,let them kill theirself,even they will reduced in nummers.cos i cant see why or reason i will blow myself up ,also killing innocent people i dont know b4 in my life,and still belive God will open heaven gate for me.
    am muslims i love all my christian and traditional belivers in my family, same, i cant kill them,simple ,they are not muslims or cos USA,have problem with another muslim country then i stay killing them,when i have human brain and blood, not animal brain and evil blood on me.

    • @ Mulikat, I beliv dat u are d same mulikat on oda forums on this site. Having read many of ur responses to articles concerning situation lyk dis, u seem to hav problem. But it’s ur choice to liv Islam & “accept” Jesus Christ ( God’s peace n Blessing be upon him) whom u already accepted as a muslim. U are indeed a confused fellow. So long as u glue urself to mainstream media & crazy news in today’s world, if u don’t have strong iman, u will lose faith. U already declared urself a xtian ( man-god worshiper). Im not surprised. if u are indeed a muslim, u need not waste ur time watching or listening to crazy news in the world today if u beliv in Quran. Here is what Muslims are thought in Sura 49 ayah 6 about receiving info. Go & read it urself. Also Bible say pretty much same thing in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL MEDIA WILL MAKE YOU HATE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT ARE BEING OPRESSED. goodluck.
      as 4 u destino, I have no word for u

  10. Not every muslim is a terrorist bt every terrorist is a muslim,imagine how peaceful d world would’ve been without islam,tomoro they’ll still say is d religion of peace.

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