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NAIROBI, Kenya — Gunmen threw grenades and opened fire Saturday leaving many dead in an attack targeting non-Muslims at an upscale mall in Kenya’s capital that was hosting a children’s day event, witnesses said.
A Kenya Red Cross official says at least 22 people were killed in the attack.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates on Monday put to death a woman with links to Islamic extremists who was convicted of murdering an American teacher with a butcher knife in an upscale Abu Dhabi mall.
The execution, carried out just two weeks after the country’s top court delivered a guilty verdict, marked a swift end to a case that has rattled this Western-allied Gulf country, where violent crime is rare.
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s military said late Sunday it had rescued “most” of the remaining hostages held by al-Qaeda-linked militants in an upscale Nairobi mall after launching a major operation to end a two-day standoff that had already killed 68 people.
The assault, which began shortly before sundown, came as two helicopters circled the mall, with one skimming very close to the roof. A loud explosion rang out, far larger than any previous grenade blast or gunfire volley.
In a series of exclusive interviews, Business Insider spoke with members of Al Shabaab — the newly emboldened Islamic militant group that attacked the Westgate mall and repelled a raid by SEAL Team Six — to ask how the mall assault was planned, how members are recruited and trained, and what their ultimate goals are.
A Kenyan military spokesman Monday said that the fate of hostages inside a mall besieged by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists was not clear despite earlier statements that “most” hostages had been rescued.
Military helicopters circled over the mall at daybreak, when about five minutes of sustained gunfire broke out at the mall, a clear indication that at least one of the estimated 10 to 15 gunmen who attacked the mall when it was filled with shoppers Saturday was still on the loose.
Remember CompUSA, Borders and Virgin Megastores? Once staples of the consumer experience, they’ve all disappeared from the retail landscape. A variety of factors led to the closures, but there was a common thread: the Internet. While at this point, most of us wouldn’t bat an eye at the news of yet another brick-and-mortar brand closing its doors, the ever-widening reach of online retail is now threatening not just individual names in the offline shopping world, but one of its most cherished institutions: the shopping mall.
UPDATE: Massive explosion reported at Kenya's Westgate Mall, far larger thabn any other explosion in last 30 hours RIGHT NOW! MASSIVE EXPLOSION ROCKS KENYA'S WESTGATE MALL. FAR LARGER THAN ANY EXPLOSION IN LAST 30 HOURS. #911BUFF — Operator (@911BUFF) September 22, 2013
NAIROBI, Kenya — Someone has dropped a shopping bag just outside the Nakumatt supermarket, and a bottle of juice has shattered. Cranberry, it looks like, or maybe cherry. The liquid leaks from the plastic bag and across the tile floor, puddling in fist-sized splotches of red.