Image

5:43 PM / Wednesday October 5, 2022

17 Jul 2015

Nairobi Mall to re-open two years after extremist attack

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
July 17, 2015 Category: Diaspora Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  People running from the Westgate mall  (AP photo/Jason Straziuso.)

By Tom Odula

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NAIROBI, Kenya — Nairobi’s Westgate Mall is to re-open Saturday, nearly two years after it was attacked by Somalia’ Islamic extremist rebels who killed at least 67 people, Kenyan officials said Tuesday.

The mall has been extensively refurbished since the devastating four-day siege.

The violence erupted on Sept. 21, 2013 when four Islamic militants entered the mall and fired on shoppers. Kenyan police and army responded but the gunmen held the building for four days. The four attackers are believed to have died from smoke inhalation from a fire that collapsed a central roof. The mall was left in shambles, with bullet-scarred walls, shattered windows, flooded floors and bloodstains. Kenyan army soldiers were also accused of looting shops.

But Kenya has rebounded from the violence, said Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who toured the mall on Tuesday.

“The indomitable Kenyan spirit prevailed, they didn’t break our spirit,” Kidero said. Every business that had a shop in the mall is back, Kidero said.

Nairobi is safe and President Barack Obama’s visit to the country later this month is testimony to Kenya’s security, said Kidero who urged shoppers to turn out Saturday for the re-opening.

One of those returning will be Charlse Kimondo, a worker at the Nakumatt Supermarket in the mall. On the day of the attack he was in the storeroom when he heard gunshots accompanied by screams. He escaped but was shocked by the bloodbath. Numerous counselling sessions helped him get over the ordeal and return to work.

Al-Shabab said the Westgate attack was in retaliation for Kenya sending troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight the Islamic extremist rebels. Kenya sent its forces in after cross-border attacks by al-Shabab.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Stateside

Biden signs bill to avert government shutdown, aid Ukraine

October 1, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email By KEVIN FREKING WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed into law Friday...

Education

A message from Superintendent Watlington regarding the shooting outside of Roxborough High School

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Dear School District of Philadelphia staff and families, The School District of Philadelphia...

Entertainment

The Jacksons in concert on September 10

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email (Photos/Afea Tucker) The Jacksons — Jackie, Tito, and Marlon, along with a backup...

Diaspora

Puerto Ricans await aid, fret about post-hurricane recovery

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: A man points to a home that was collapsed by Hurricane...

Go With The-Flo

Lil Wayne is looking to make a big profit from the sale of his waterfront Miami Beach mansion

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Lil Wayne (Paul Smith / Featureflash / Shutterstock) By Flo Anthony...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Vegan Shortbread Cookies

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’? Chewy Five Ginger Spice Molasses...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff