- The Washington Times - Monday, September 23, 2013

Several media outlets have reported that three of the gunmen who are terrorizing a Kenya mall are American.

CNN said in a tweet: “Three of alleged attackers at Nairobi mall are from U.S., according to sources within terror group Al-Shabab.”

Al-Shabab is an affiliate of al Qaeda, headquartered in Somalia. The group has claimed responsibility for the attack — which has left dozens dead and more than 175 injured — on a Twitter post on Saturday.

CNN said in a later tweet: “CNN has learned from sources that two of the Kenya mall attackers are from Minnesota and one from Missouri.”

A State Department officials confirmed to The Blaze that they’re investigating that claim.

Westgate Mall, Nairobi, Kenya
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CNN reported that two other attackers hail from Somalia, and one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom.