by Florian Flade
The Somali terror group Al-Shabaab attacks a Kenyan shopping center, killing scores of civilians. Among the attackers are several Jihadists from Western countries, including Britain and the United States.
The Westgate Shopping Mall in Northern Nairobi is a popular place for middle class and upper class Kenyans as well as tourists and foreigners living in the East African country. On Saturday this place became a war zone. A group of Islamist fighters from the Somali terror group Al-Shabaab stormed the shopping mall, taking several dozen hostages and killing at least 59 people, among them French, British and Dutch citizens.
While the terrorists were selecting only the Non-Muslims, Muslim shoppers were allowed to leave the scene as Westgate turned into a place of Jihad. The Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahidin Movement claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it was retaliation for Kenya´s involvement in the Somali conflict in recent years.
The hostage situation is still going on with a unknown number of people still trapped inside Westgate and Kenyan police and military in the area.
Meanwhile Al-Shabaab has released the names and places of origin of the alleged terrorist involved in the Westgate assault. It is no surprise the terror raid was carried out by a international terrorist cell of at least twelve Al-Shabaab fighters, some of which were at least raised in the West.
According to the terrorist group the attackers all between the age of 20 and 27 years old, are from numerous countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Syria and Russia and where all trained in Somalia.
The strategy of the “Mumbai Style Attack” reflects Al-Shabaab´s effort to carry out an attack outside of Somalia where the group faces huge challenges and suffered military defeat on various occasions.
Here is the list (UNCONFIRMED!) of the alleged attackers released by Twitter account allegedly affiliated with Al-Shabaab:
Sayid N. from Kismayu, Somalia.
Zaki Jama C., from Hargeisa, Somalia
Saad D., from Damascus, Syria
Mohamed B., from Aleppo, Syria
Qasim Said M., Garissa, Kenya
Ismail G., from Helsinki, Finland
Ahmed Nasir S., from London, UK
Mustafa N., from Kansas City, US
Abdishakur Sheikh H., from Maine, US
Abdifatah Osman K., from Minneapolis, US
Ahmad Mohamed I., from Saint Paul, US
Abdikarem Ali M., from Illinois, US
Shafie D., from Tucson, US
Abdirazak M., from Ontario (Canada)
Eliko M., from Dagestan, Russia
Mohammed A., from Svalov, Sweden
Moulid A., from Sweden