UPDATE: The death toll rises.
At least 59 people have died and 175 people have been injured after suspected members of an Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group attacked an upscale shopping mall in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, Saturday.
More offerings from the ‘religion of peace’.
The Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for a deadly attack targeting non-Muslims at an upscale mall in Kenya’s capital.
A statement from al-Shabab on its official Twitter feed Saturday says the attacks, which killed at least 30, are retribution for military action by Kenya inside Somalia. The group said it was now shifting the battlefield to Kenya.
Witnesses say the gunmen asked victims they had cornered if they were Muslim: If the answer was yes, several witnesses said, those people were free to go. The non-Muslims were not.
The group said its fighters entered Nairobi’s upscale Westgate Mall at around noon and were still inside more than nine hours later. Kenyan military special forces had entered the mall in an effort to end the standoff.