Somalian Terrorists Gun Down Civilians in Kenyan Mall

Somolian individuals from the terrorist group al Shabaab took the lives of a still unknown number of civilians at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Kenya on Saturday.

The standoff at the mall finally came to an end Tuesday, but not after at least 67 people were shot and killed, in addition to those buried in the rubble of the mall.  The Kenyans defeated the terrorists after three days of standoff at the mall, and the building eventually collapsed.

Five of the attackers were killed in the battle and eleven are now in custody.  Much to the chagrin of the United States, at least two of the terrorists were Americans.  They were of middle-eastern descent but were American citizens from the middle of the country, as Americans continue to be recruited by the al Shabaab.

“As you know, both the victims and the perpetrators came from Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States. From the information that we have, two or three Americans, and I think so far I’ve heard of one Brit,” said Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed in an interview with PBS NewsHour.

The al Shabaab is working with al Qaeda, who, as everyone knows, has given America serious issues for decades, 9/11 being the worst of these troubles. The death toll of this incident was not to the extent of the attacks on September 11, 2001, but the group is still growing and threatening the security of Kenyans.

The terrorist group took responsibility for their actions, saying they were retaliating against the Kenyans for sending soldiers into Somalia.  The group is not associated with the Somalian government, as the Somalian military was part of the operation with Kenya against the al Shabaab.

The attack began on Saturday, and after a day of fighting over 1,000 individuals were evacuated from the mall.  Inspector General David Kamaiyo of the Kenyan police said on  Twitter, “Taken control of all the floors. We’re not here to feed the attackers with pastries but to finish and punish them,” as they put in efforts to end the attack.

The deaths in the shooting and the battle that ensued in the following days included five terrorists, six security guards, and the rest of the lives claimed belonged to civilians.

The attack last weekend is not the first of the fighting between the Kenyans and al Shabaab and there is no indication that it will be the last.  The terror will more than likely continue and the sense of security that Kenyans once had is gone.