Two-Day Standoff between Kenyan Military and Al-Qaeda Linked Militants Continues: Most Hostages Rescued


Kenya’s military says they have rescued “most” of the hostages who were attacked at an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

There was an intense standoff between the Islamic extremist from Saturday to Sunday which involved exchanges of gunfire between both sides. Kenyan forces said they launched a major assault Sunday night against the militant group and around midnight were able to take control of most of the mall.

“Most of the hostages have been rescued and security forces have taken control of most parts of the building,” Kenyan police announced this afternoon.

At Westgate Mall, a well-known upscale mall in Kenya, it is believed that an al-Qaeda linked Somali militant group threw grenades and opened fired on unsuspecting shoppers on Saturday.

It is also believed that, the group targeted non Muslims and according to rebels, al-Shabab, who take accountability for the attack, a retaliation for Kenya’s forces 2011 push into Somalia.

As of now, 68 people were killed, 175 injured, 4 military personnel and 5 Americans who have been reported wounded.

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-Catherine Owusu


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