Kenya mall attack leaves at least 30 dead
NAIROBI, KENYA Gunmen threw grenades, fired automatic weapons and targeted non-Muslims at the upscale Westgate mall in Kenya’s capital on Saturday, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens more, a Kenya Red Cross official and witnesses said.
The al-Qaeda-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, saying on its official Twitter feed Saturday that the attacks are retribution for military action by Kenya inside Somalia. The group said it was now shifting the battlefield to Kenya.
Kenyan military and police surrounded the mall, which had been hosting a children’s day event, and helicopters flew overhead. Gunmen remained inside hours after the attack, although firing subsided.
The U.S. State Department condemned the attack.
“Our condolences go out to the families and friends of all victims,” deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. “We have reports of American citizens injured in the attack, and the U.S. Embassy is actively reaching out to provide assistance.”
The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi was in contact with local authorities, Harf said. Read more