As most of you know by now, on September 21, 2013, masked gunmen stormed into an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and started shooting. At least 39 are dead, while upwards of 150 more have been wounded. The Somali terrorist group Al-Shabab claims responsibility. Somalia is a direct neighbor of Kenya, and Al-Shabab has ties to Al-Qaeda.
The mall was especially crowded because it was a Saturday, reports the New York Times, and the mall is frequented by youths, wealthy Kenyans, and wealthy foreign diplomats and expatriates.
One witness of the shooting said that “you could tell [the shooters] were trained.” A UN report called the massacre “a complex, two-pronged assault.”
The shooters reportedly shouted for Muslims to run and hide, while they continued to shoot everyone else. Al-Shabab said that the attack was in response to Kenya’s military operations in Somalia, which have been on-going since 2011. The gunmen reportedly used AK-47 and G-3 assault rifles, as well as throwing grenades.
Kenya is the economic engine of East Africa, and is an important American ally.
This is not the first time Al-Shabab has attacked Kenya, but it is perhaps the largest massacre.
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