Report: At Least 68 Dead After Kenya Mall Attack Targeting Non-Muslims
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — At least 68 people are dead and 175 are wounded after an attack targeting non-Muslims was carried out in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi Saturday, CBS News reports.
An estimated 10 to 15 gunmen armed with assault rifles threw grenades and opened fire on shoppers at an upscale mall. They are still holding an unknown number of hostages inside. More than 1,000 shoppers escaped with their lives Saturday.
al-Shabab, and al-Qaeda-linked rebel group from the bordering nation of Somalia, has claimed responsibility for the attack. The rebels say the massacre is retribution for Kenyan forces’ 2011 push into their country, according to the report.
Kenyan forces have been seen entering the mall with heavy artillery. Associated Press reporters at the shopping center say an explosion that rocked the building Sunday afternoon was the largest yet in the 30-hour standoff.
Native Kenyans and foreigners are among the confirmed dead. Four American citizens have been reported injured.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.