Gunmen storm Nairobi Mall, 15 killed-Red Cross

September 21, 2013 16:10

NAIROBI- Gunmen stormed a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital on Saturday killing at least 15 people, according to the Kenyan Red Cross, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets seeking safety.

The Somali militant group al Shabaab had threatened to strike the Westgate mall, popular with the city's expatriate community; but there was no immediate claim of responsibility from any group. Al Shabaab said it had no comment on the attack.

Police helicopters circled overhead as armed police shouted "get out, get out", and scores of shoppers fled the building. Smoke poured out of one entrance and witnesses said they heard grenade blasts.

Others said they saw about five armed assailants storm the Westgate shopping mall and that the incident appeared to be an attack rather than an armed robbery.

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