Islamists claim gun attack on Nairobi mall, at least 30 dead
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 01:14
Sept. 21 - The Somali militant group al Shabaab claims responsibility for the ambush at a shopping mall in neighboring Kenya that killed at least 30 people. Mana Rabiee reports.
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The Somali militant group al Shabaab, linked to al Qaeda, says it is responsible for the deadly ambush at a shopping mall in neighboring Kenya.
The attack in the capital Nairobi left at least 30 people dead, including children, and many others injured.
The shooting continued hours after the initial assault on the Westgate mall, which is popular with ex-pats here.
Security forces surrounded the mall and troops combed the building, hunting the attackers shop by shop.
Kenya's interior minister Jospeh Ole Lenku.
SOUNDBITE: Kenya's interior minister Jospeh Ole Lenku saying:
"Our security personnel have taken control of the situation. We have taken over the building."
Kenya's President says one gunman was captured and died from his wounds.
The assault is the single biggest attack in Kenya since an al Qaeda cell bombed the U.S. embassy here in 1998, killing more than 200 people.
Al Shabaab group is battling peacekeepers from Kenya and other African nations in Somalia, and has threatened to target the Nairobi shopping mall before.
In perhaps an ominous tweet, the group said it was time to - quote -- "shift the battleground" to Kenya.
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