11 Updates
Gunmen kill 20 in Kenya mall
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

Gunmen kill 20 in Kenya mall

Sep 21 2013, 10:58am CDT | by IANS

Nairobi, Sep 21 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed and more than 50 wounded when masked gunmen stormed a popular shopping mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and held shoppers hostage Saturday.

Nairobi, Sep 21 — At least 20 people were killed and more than 50 wounded when masked gunmen stormed a popular shopping mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and held shoppers hostage Saturday. Kenya...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

44 weeks ago

Gunmen kill 20 in Kenya mall

Sep 21 2013, 10:58am CDT | by IANS

Nairobi, Sep 21 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed and more than 50 wounded when masked gunmen stormed a popular shopping mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and held shoppers hostage Saturday.

Nairobi, Sep 21 — At least 20 people were killed and more than 50 wounded when masked gunmen stormed a popular shopping mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and held shoppers hostage Saturday.

Kenya Red Cross Society secretary general Ababs Gullet told Xinhua that its officials have confirmed 20 deaths and more than 50 injured in the Westgate shopping mall attack.

"We can confirm about 20 deaths and over 50 injured. The death toll could go higher since rescue operations are still underway," a KRCS official, who did not want to be named, told Xinhua.

Authorities have moved in elite troops with armoured vehicles to reinforce the police force surrounding the shopping mall.

Presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu said State House was not taking the incident as a terrorist attack, while acknowledging an operation led by the head of the police service to establish the cause.

"It's too early to tell if it's a terrorist attack. It's also too early to know motive but a forensic probe is underway," Esipisu said.

However, some police officers told Xinhua that they were treating the mall shooting as a terror attack amid reports that the assailants inside the mall were targeting non-Muslims.

Workers at the Westgate shopping mall said they heard gunshots and explosions and heavily armed masked men commanded them to lie down.

"I heard an explosion followed by heavy shootout. I and my colleague tried to hide and then after some time, she escaped through the fire exit," Vivian Atieno, who works as a sales woman at the mall, told Xinhua.

Kenya police said they had surrounded the mall which is popular with influential Kenyans and foreigners.

The workers said the hooded gunmen numbering around 10 attacked the building from the second floor of the shopping mall where there was a media event.

Some gunmen were seen armed with sophisticated weapons and shooting indiscriminately while ordering people to lie on the ground.

"Some of the workers and shoppers who attempted to escape were shot at and died instantly. Those injured were attempting to jump from the second to the first floor and then exit area but they could not manage," said David Muthee, who managed to escape from the mall.

Those being rescued were thoroughly screened by the police, according to Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo.

The gunmen who entered the mall at around 10.30 a. m. have not said anything conclusive about their demands, according to a spokesman of Nakumatt Supermarket, which owns the mall.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
11

1 day ago

Michelle Obama: 'The Blood of Africa Runs Through My Veins'

Jul 30 2014 7:39pm CDT | Source: Big Government

On Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama told a group of young Africans "brothers" and "sisters" that the "the blood of Africa runs through my veins." At the speech for a summit of young African leaders and innovators, Obama said, "The roots of my family tree are in Africa. My husband's father was born and raised in Kenya. Members of our extended family still live there. I have had the p ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
10

1 day ago

Michelle Obama Tells Men To Ask Themselves If They 'Truly View Women As Their Equals'

Jul 30 2014 1:22pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family's African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the "blood of Africa" runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. Her husband had shied away from discussing his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Af ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
9

1 week ago

Paul Ryan’s New Poverty Proposal Would Have Government Micromanage Poor People’s Lives

Jul 24 2014 12:03pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh On Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his much-anticipated proposal for reforming the way the federal government tries to alleviate poverty. The core part of his proposal, the Opportunity Grant, would give participating states a lump sum of money rather than funding virtually all the current anti-poverty programs. And states would be instructed to ...
Source: ThinkProgress   Full article at: ThinkProgress
 

 
Update
8

1 week ago

Kenya police: Gunmen kill 3 people in Kenya coast

Jul 21 2014 1:44am CDT | Source: Townhall's

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A police official says three more people were killed by unknown gunmen on the Kenyan coast where 94 people have so ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
7

2 weeks ago

Ethiopian Farmer Sues British Government - For Sending Aid to Ethiopia

Jul 16 2014 6:13am CDT | Source: Big Government

A 33-year-old Ethiopian farmer has become so disillusioned with the way UK overseas aid is propping a “one party state” that he is suing. The man, who has been granted anonymity to protect his family, believes that UK overseas aid helped the Ethiopian government inflict “brutal treatment” on himself and others. The court papers were filed in Kenya claiming that the UKs £1.3bn donation to Ethiopia is being used to oppress ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
5

6 weeks ago

Another extremist attack in Kenya: 9 dead

Jun 17 2014 2:34am CDT | Source: Townhall's

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Extremists attacked a coastal area of Kenya for the second night in a row, killing at least nine people a day ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
4

6 weeks ago

Gunmen spare Muslims during Kenya slaughter

Jun 16 2014 11:02am CDT | Source: WND

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Dozens of extremists attacked a Kenyan coastal town for hours, killing those who couldn’t answer questions about Islam and those who didn’t know the Somali language, officials and witnesses said Monday. At least 48 people were killed and two hotels were set on fire. The assault in Mpeketoni began Sunday night as residents watched World Cup matches on TV and lasted until early M ...
Source: WND  Full article at: WND
 

 
Update
3

6 weeks ago

Police chief: 27 killed in militant attacks on hotels, police station, bank in Kenyan town

Jun 15 2014 11:36pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Police chief: 27 killed in militant attacks on hotels, police station, bank in Kenyan town. ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
2

7 weeks ago

Face of Defense: Airman Teaches English to Afghans

Jun 11 2014 12:00am CDT | Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Afghanistan-deployed Air Force Staff Sgt. Linette Nosim, who hails from Kenya, now helps others learn the language that once ...
Source: U.S. Department of Defense   Full article at: U.S. Department of Defense
 

 
Update
1

7 weeks ago

Moderate Muslim leader killed in Kenya

Jun 10 2014 11:32am CDT | Source: Townhall's

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen shot and killed a moderate Muslim leader on Tuesday, an official said, the fourth prominent Muslim ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Venezuela to shelter wounded Palestinian children, orphans
Caracas, Aug 1 (IANS/EFE) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced plans to set up a shelter for Palestinian children wounded and orphaned in the Israeli offensive on Gaza, and has raised the possibility of finding them adoptive parents.
 
 
Will Gaza truce lead to Hamas-Israel-US meet in Cairo? (Comment: Special to IANS)
Does the 72-hour ceasefire in the three week long conflict in Gaza brokered by the UN and US advance peace? Just as I write this comes news that the Palestinians have captured an Israeli soldier. Has the ceasefire collapsed? I am keeping my fingers crossed.
 
 
Somali lawmaker gunned down
Mogadishu, Aug 1 (IANS) Suspected Islamist gunmen Friday shot dead a Somali member of parliament, Aden Mohamed Madeer, in a drive-by shooting in the capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.
 
 
Myanmar ethnic leaders speed up work on ceasefire pact
Yangon, Aug 1 (IANS) A third summit of Myanmar's ethnic armed groups, held in two phases over the past six days in Laiza in northernmost Kachin state, has decided to speed up coordination with the government to finalise the second draft nationwide ceasefire agreement.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Venezuela to shelter wounded Palestinian children, orphans
Caracas, Aug 1 (IANS/EFE) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced plans to set up a shelter for Palestinian children wounded and orphaned in the Israeli offensive on Gaza, and has raised the possibility of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Will Gaza truce lead to Hamas-Israel-US meet in Cairo? (Comment: Special to IANS)
Does the 72-hour ceasefire in the three week long conflict in Gaza brokered by the UN and US advance peace? Just as I write this comes news that the Palestinians have captured an Israeli soldier. Has the ceasefire...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Indian women's hockey team finish 5th in CWG
Glasgow, Aug 1 (IANS) The Indian women's hockey team defeated hosts Scotland 2-1 in the 5-6 position classification match to end fifth at the Commonwealth Games here Friday. While the first half was a showcase of...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Somali lawmaker gunned down
Mogadishu, Aug 1 (IANS) Suspected Islamist gunmen Friday shot dead a Somali member of parliament, Aden Mohamed Madeer, in a drive-by shooting in the capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said. Gunmen in a vehicle...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Paddlers Sharath Kamal-Ghosh to vie for men's doubles gold
Glasgow, Aug 1 (IANS) Indian paddlers Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj reached the final of the men's doubles event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, securing a minimum silver medal here Friday. It was a facile win for...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Myanmar ethnic leaders speed up work on ceasefire pact
Yangon, Aug 1 (IANS) A third summit of Myanmar's ethnic armed groups, held in two phases over the past six days in Laiza in northernmost Kachin state, has decided to speed up coordination with the government to...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Pinki brings India's first boxing medal
Glasgow, Aug 1 (IANS) Pinki Jangra brought home India's first boxing medal from the 2014 Commonwealth Games though she lost her women's 48-51 kg semi-final bout and had to settle for the bronze at the SECC Hall here...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Pakistan deploys army for Islamabad's security
Islamabad, Aug 1 (IANS) Pakistan has started deployment of army troops for the security of Islamabad over concerns that the Taliban militants could carry out attacks in reaction to the ongoing major operation against...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Over 1,700 killed in Iraq violence in July: UN
Baghdad, Aug 1 (IANS) At least 1,737 Iraqis were killed, and 1,978 others injured in terrorist attacks and violence in July, according to a statement issued Friday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The...
Read more on Politics Balla