The Westgate Shootings, Kenya

by Developed Africa 30. September 2013 09:00

 

On Saturday 21st September the Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab attacked the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, leading to a 4 day siege on the shopping centre in which at least 39 civilians were killed. The tragic loss of so many lives has shaken Kenya and the international community. Such a profound, international tragedy has led to much speculation and discussion over the motives for and consequences of the attacks.

Where to get the news on why Westgate was a target:

The Other Casualty In The Nairobi Mall Massacre Is Kenya's Economic Progress | The Huffington Post

Nairobi Westgate Mall Siege: Jewish and American Stores Made Shopping Centre Al-Shabaab Target | International Business Times

Why Kenya was targeted:

Why did al-Shabaab target Kenya? | World Bulletin

Why Kenya Is An Inviting Target For Terrorists | NPR

For news on casualties and victims: 

Kenya shopping mall attack: Stories of the heroes and the victims- From a boy who took on terrorists to the off-duty SAS soldier | The Independent

Kenya mall attack: dozens more bodies believed buried under rubble | The Guardian

Information on Al Shabaab:

Al-Shabaab leader's ambitions appear to be as complex as his personality | The Washington Post

Al-Shabaab's Global Menace | Wall Street Journal

The 'White Widow' Speculations:

Kenya widens mall attack probe, alert for UK 'White Widow' | Reuters

'White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite: Interpol Issues Red Notice On Behalf of Kenya | Huffington Post

Who is the 'white widow' Samantha Lewthwaite? | BBC News

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