Video: Kenyan gov’t claims control of terror-attack mall

posted at 8:01 am on September 24, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Kenyan government officials now claim that they have taken control of Westgate Mall in Nairobi after four days of terror. The security forces had been attempting to rescue the estimated ten remaining hostages held by cornered members of the Somali al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab. The coroner in Nairobi has been told to prepare to receive perhaps as many as 60 bodies still left unrecovered thus far in the mall:

Kenyan authorities have claimed “full control” of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi as they sweep the shopping center for any remaining terrorists, hostages still in hiding and dead bodies four days after an al Qaeda-linked rebel group launched an attack that left at least 62 people dead and 175 injured.

“The West Gate Mall is under the full control of gov’t forces and we are carrying out a sweep to ensure its safe for everyone,” Kenyan police tweeted today on their official Twitter account.

Kenya’s Foreign Minister confirmed that security forces believe at least two and possibly three of the attackers are American:

Kenya’s Foreign Minister told PBS Monday night that “two or three Americans” were involved in the attack on the upscale mall. Speaking in New York, Amina Mohamed said a British woman was also among the perpetrators.

She’s the first official to publicly allege that U.S. nationals were involved in the attack. The FBI says it has been unable to verify that, and other Kenyan officials have said no women were involved, only men dressed as women.

Has the standoff ended? CNN isn’t quite sure yet:

Neither is the Associate Press, which has raw video outside the mall from earlier today, where the sound of a gun battle could clearly be heard:

Let’s hope the Kenyan government isn’t just being optimistic.


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Send McConnell, Cornyn and the rest of the swine of the Senate over there to negotiate the surrender.

Viva surrender!

PappyD61 on September 24, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Kenya’s Foreign Minister confirmed that security forces believe at least two and possibly three of the attackers are American

…what makes them American?

KOOLAID2 on September 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

How can you tell a government spokesman is lying? His lips are moving.

Viator on September 24, 2013 at 8:17 AM

I really hope these motherf**kers rot in hell. They murdered my friend and former classmate Elif Yavuz, her partner and her unborn child. Like I didn’t hate Islamic terrorists enough already…

http://www.smh.com.au/world/bill-clinton-pays-tribute-to-elif-yavuz-killed-in-kenya-two-weeks-before-becoming-a-mother-20130924-2uaty.html

rcpjr on September 24, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Kenya’s Foreign Minister confirmed that security forces believe at least two and possibly three of the attackers are American:

St. Paul, Minnesota….. America’s gateway to global terrorism. You all must be so proud.

Sorry Dearbornistan, I guess you’ve had a bum rap.

Happy Nomad on September 24, 2013 at 8:20 AM

…what makes them American?

KOOLAID2 on September 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM

They voted Democrat?

Mustafe Noorudiin, Kansas City, MO, age 27
Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid, Minneapolis, MN, age 24
Ahmed Mohamed Isse, St. Paul, MN, age 22

Viator on September 24, 2013 at 8:20 AM

http://www.smh.com.au/world/bill-clinton-pays-tribute-to-elif-yavuz-killed-in-kenya-two-weeks-before-becoming-a-mother-20130924-2uaty.html

rcpjr on September 24, 2013 at 8:18 AM

…that is tragic…that is a loss!…I’m sorry!

KOOLAID2 on September 24, 2013 at 8:23 AM

They voted Democrat?

Mustafe Noorudiin, Kansas City, MO, age 27
Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid, Minneapolis, MN, age 24
Ahmed Mohamed Isse, St. Paul, MN, age 22

Viator on September 24, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I’m sure it is only a coincidence that one of the most radical and anti-American Congressmen also happens to be a Muslim from MN.

Happy Nomad on September 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM

This Is Why We Fight.

thebrokenrattle on September 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM

This has got to be one of the worst cases of workplace violence in quite some time.

Happy Nomad on September 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM

British hero of the mall massacre: Ex Royal Marine with a handgun saved 100 lives as terrorists ran amok

Akzed on September 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM

rcpjr on September 24, 2013 at 8:18 AM

May she, her partner and unborn child rest comfortably in God’s divine hand.

Now to other matters;

Our country and most of Western Civilization are at war with people who will shoot you and your family while shopping at the mall or having a latte at Starbucks. They haven’t called a truce, haven’t surrendered and they aren’t yet defeated. They exist and this is real, not some isolated threat in a far away land.

We need to stay vigilant, alert and ignore those who spout lofty, fallacious tripe this enemy is somehow defeated and these incidents are isolated. They are not and this is not. Yet.

These subhumans need to be wiped from the face of the earth with extreme prejudice and I won’t rest until every last one of them is gone.

In closing, our greatest protection is a vigilant, well-armed and trained populace. Yet, the effort by Democrats to disarm we law-abiding citizens marched on. That leaves us sitting ducks for such an attack- is that what they want? It must be.

Marcus Traianus on September 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Russian court in Krasnodar orders Quran to be added to Federal list of extremist materials

“Dissemination of extremist materials leads to an increase in extremist crime that endangers the national security of the State the Novorossiysk transport Prosecutor concluded based on 1. Article 45 of the code of civil procedure of the Russian Federation Prosecutor turn in court in defense of the interests of the Russian Federation.”

Akzed on September 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Muslims: We want schools closed on our holidays

Akzed on September 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Did you know that the National Park Service (NPS) is now in the business of promoting Islam?

Akzed on September 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Nigeria: Benisheik Attack Death Toll Now 161

Akzed on September 24, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Body count would have been higher except for a civilian (ex Marine) with a gun. Hope he doesn’t get in trouble over this.

Oldnuke on September 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

In the last month or so.

Akzed on September 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — Sounds of heavy gunfire erupted from Nairobi’s Westgate mall Tuesday, even as authorities said for the second day they had the building under their control.

Group behind Kenya mall attack claims militants still holding out, while 3 soldiers killed

Viator on September 24, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Body count would have been higher except for a civilian (ex Marine) with a gun. Hope he doesn’t get in trouble over this. Oldnuke on September 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Impossible; there are no Democrats for miles.

Akzed on September 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I am so sorry about your friend, rcpjr.
It is unspeakable what these savages are doing.
It is unfathomable but an honest assessment to say that they would love to repeat the horror here.
I guess we have been saying this over and over since Saturday, but keep vigilant.

I do not believe any government official. Sorry. How come it took 4 days to get the mall under control? Was Obama there?

ORconservative on September 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

CAIR Impeded FBI Probe of Somali Jihadist Group Behind Kenyan Mall Attack…

Akzed on September 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM

It is unfathomable but an honest assessment to say that they would love to repeat the horror here.

ORconservative on September 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Yet they haven’t. Why not? They certainly could as evidenced by Ft.Hood, which of course wasn’t terrorist activity but common everyday workplace violence. Why haven’t they targeted more areas in the States?

Oldnuke on September 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Oldnuke on September 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Saved 100 people with only a handgun? Impossible! All a CCW holder carrying in a mall could do is use the gun to get away (as we saw commented in a recent thread).

There are lots of CCW licensees who are former military or have spent the time and money for tactical training on their own and who practice regularly. According to the story the terrorists were in disarray when just one man with a pistol fought back. Reports indicate this is usually the case with such shooters who are attacking expected to be unarmed civilians.

deepdiver on September 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Oldnuke on September 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

In my opinion, it is two reasons. The first is because they are astonishingly patient.
The second is because for all of our incompetence, we really do have some vigilance.
And actually, what do you mean they haven’t? They have. Just not quite as successful. But certainly we have had frequent (in my opinion) work place violence episodes. I’m sure Kenya is just good old workplace violence.

ORconservative on September 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Reports indicate this is usually the case with such shooters who are attacking expected to be unarmed civilians.

deepdiver on September 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

You only say that because you’re a homophobic, gun clinging racist. Hmmm, come to think of it I guess that makes me one too, because that’s what I think. Makes me think of that scene in Crocodile Dundee when the wannabe drunk hunters think the roos are shooting back…only in this case it was for real.

Oldnuke on September 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM

And actually, what do you mean they haven’t? They have. Just not quite as successful. But certainly we have had frequent (in my opinion) work place violence episodes. I’m sure Kenya is just good old workplace violence.

ORconservative on September 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I’m talking about organized (if you can call it that) multiple shooters hitting big target rich environments such as shopping malls, theme parks, national monuments and such. I don’t put the odd disgruntled worker going postal into this category. Ft. Hood was an obvious attempt at terrorism even though our present government continues to deny it. I don’t think you could call it very organized though.

Oldnuke on September 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

ORconservative on September 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Oh, forgot. I think one of the major reasons is the need for that particular mentality for spectacularly large attacks. They want to put on a real media show and haven’t figured out yet that an attack such as that in the U.S. would be a terrorist’s wet dream.

Oldnuke on September 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Although, Oldnuke, they should take a page from kids with air soft guns, there is real terror for you.

ORconservative on September 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Imagine if Kenya said “we’ll send a police force to the US”.

That’s what obama wants to do in Kenya.

Schadenfreude on September 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM