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Bodies of Westgate gunmen ‘with FBI’: Kenya

Kenya’s army revealed Friday that the bodies of the gunmen who attacked Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall last year are in the hands of the FBI. Military chief Julius Karangi was describing his troops’ response to the attack at a forum organised by the media council to review coverage of the…

Trial of Kenya Westgate Mall massacre suspects opens

The trial of four men charged in connection with Kenya's Westgate mall massacre opened Wednesday, an attack claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents. The court heard testimony from a guard who was outside the upmarket mall when the gunmen……

Kenya warned a year before attack that terrorists were targeting Westgate Mall

The narrative in place is that national intelligence agencies need tons of intrusive surveillance programs in order to detect terrorist threats and respond accordingly. Unfortunately, the narrative fails to hold up to scrutiny, prompting these intelligence…  …

Wildlife activists: Nairobi mall attackers make their money poaching

Somalia’s Shebab militia, which carried out a bloody attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall, is in part funded by the poaching trade, wildlife activists said Thursday. “Over the last 18 months, we’ve been investigating the involvement of the Shebab in trafficking ivory through Kenya,” Andrea Crosta, executive director of the Elephant…

Kenya’s president: Three floors of the Westgate Mall collapsed during siege

Kenya’s president announced Tuesday that a siege of a Nairobi shopping mall was over, but said losses from the attack by Islamist gunmen were “immense” and at least 67 people had died. “We have ashamed and defeated our attackers, that part of our task is completed,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said…

‘We are not monsters,’ Nairobi attacker told British four-year-old boy before handing him a Mars chocolate bar

One of the Islamist attackers besieging a Nairobi shopping mall handed chocolate to a four-year-old British boy caught up in the crisis and asked for forgiveness, his uncle told a newspaper on Tuesday. Four-year-old Elliott Prior, who had been shopping with his mother and sister at the Westgate mall when…

Twitter suspends accounts connected to Kenyan mall attack

As gunshots and explosions rocked Nairobi’s Westgate mall, those behind the horrifying attack used Twitter to provide something of a running commentary of events. “What Kenyans are witnessing at #Westgate is retributive justice for crimes committed by their military,” Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab tweeted. The depiction of the attack at the…

Westgate mall terrorist attack has roots in Kenya’s intervention in Somalia

The ongoing situation at the Westgate mall in Nairobi is the latest manifestation of the increasingly tangled ties between Kenya and its anarchic Horn of Africa neighbour Somalia. Somalia has been without a recognised central government since 1991, when President Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown. The country has since splintered…

Kenya’s darkest day: The only journalist inside Westgate mall details the horrific terrorist attack

Nairobi’s Westgate mall, with its designer shops and restaurants, has become a symbol of Kenya’s rising prosperity. On Saturday, September 21, it became the scene of one of the most chilling attacks in East Africa’s history, claiming the lives of at least 69 people. Nairobi-based AFPTV journalist Nichole Sobecki was…

Kenyan troops assault al-Shabaab in Nairobi mall to free hostages

Kenyan troops have launched a “major” assault on al Shabaab militants holding hostages at a Nairobi shopping mall, the government crisis team said Sunday, in a bid to end a deadly siege that the Red Cross says has so far claimed 68 lives. Kenyan troops have launched a “major” assault…

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