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By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Westgate Mall
A retired veteran of the British Royal Marines slipped into a favorite seat at his familiar coffee shop in Nairobi's upscale Westgate Mall on a sunny late September day and settled down for his midday cup of joe. Shots rang out, and soon Islamic raiders ran through the shops killing everyone who looked like an infidel. Only Muslims were spared.
Kenya’s interior minister responded to a U.S. warning against travel to the country with shock and anger, suggesting that just because one of its top tourist mall destinations was targeted for terrorist attack doesn’t mean the West has to go on red alert and switch their vacation plans.
The bloody siege of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, ended this week with at least 70 dead and hundreds wounded. For a hundred tense hours, heavily armed Islamic radicals abused, taunted and killed hostages in an upscale shopping center much like the malls in suburbs across America. What happened there has lessons to be learned here.
U.S. law enforcement authorities are investigating claims, first made via Twitter over the weekend by the al-Shabab terrorist network and now by the Kenyan government, that three Somali-Americans are among the gunmen who committed the mall massacre in Kenya.
Hostages being held by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in a Nairobi mall have not been released despite an earlier statement from the military that "most" had been rescued, a person connected to the situation told The Associated Press on Monday.
The al-Qaeda-linked Somali militant group is claiming responsibility for the deadly attack on a mall in Kenya.