Up to 15 militant attackers entered Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Sept. 21 and began firing gunshots and throwing grenades. 30 hours later, with a number of hostages held inside and 68 recorded deaths, was a giant explosion.
The terror attack at a popular shopping mall in Kenya appears to be reaching a bloody end. Five Americans are among the whopping 175 wounded, including the wife of a U.S. embassy worker. Kenya’s troops have arrived and are launching a “major assault” to end the horrific acts going on in Nairobi.
Kenya Terror Attack Kills 68
“This will end tonight. Our forces will prevail,” Kenya’s Disaster Operation Center told USA Today.
Kenyan officials are now reporting that up to 15 attackers were in the mall during the evening of the 21st in Kenya. They were holding an unknown number of captives. CNN has reported that three of the attackers have American connections — one from Missouri and two from Minnesota.
The group has been identified as al-Shabaab, which is linked to al Qaeda. They began tweeting during the attack, writing, “The Mujahideen entered #Westgate Mall today at around noon and are still inside the mall, fighting the #Kenyan Kuffar inside their own turf.”
They also added, “What Kenyans are witnessing at #Westgate is retributive justice for crimes committed by their military.”
The account was shut down on the morning of Sept. 22.
5 Americans Wounded In Kenya Attack
Currently, 175 individuals are wounded, five being Americans, according to State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf.
Annemarie Desloges, 29-year-old Canadian diplomat and Ruhila Adatia, pregnant Kenyan radio journalist were both killed.
Kenyan troops who have been exploring the four-story mall have been seen with two rocket-propelled grenades. A witness explained that the shooters were targeting “Non-Muslims” and let Muslims run away, free.
President Obama has reached out to Kenya president, Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to a statement from the White House, Obama “reiterated U.S. support for Kenya’s efforts to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.
Additionally, John Kerry released a statement, saying this was “a heartbreaking reminder that there exists unspeakable evil in our world which can destroy life in a senseless instant.”
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– Emily Longeretta