Saturday, September 21 2013, 05:09 PM MDT
39 People Killed In Kenya Mall Attack Claimed By Somali Militants
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's president says that 39 people have been killed
and more than 150 injured by armed terrorists who attacked an upscale
mall in Nairobi.
Witnesses say men armed with grenades and AK-47s opened fire after telling Muslims to leave.
Uhuru Kenyatta says he lost "very close family members" in the attack
carried out by "despicable perpetrators" of a cowardly act.
said that hundreds of people were safely evacuated from the mall. He
said Kenyans courage and sympathy saved lives and reassured countless
He said security forces were responding to the attack. He
called it a delicate operation and said a top priority was to safeguard
the lives of those still being held hostage.
The gunmen carried AK-47s and are a Somali militant group linked to al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for the attack.
A statement from al-Shabab's official Twitter feed says the attack is retribution for military action by Kenya inside Somalia.
(The Associated Press)