September 23, 2013
Muslims Storm Kenyan Mall; Target Non-Muslims: UPDATE -- Dozens Dead, Over a Hundred Wounded (BUMPED)
Gunmen ambushed an upscale shopping mall in the Kenyan capital on Saturday, leading to a fierce gunbattle with police and at least 20 people killed, the Kenyan Red Cross said.
Fifty people more people were wounded in the attack at the mall in Nairobi, said Abbas Gullet, head of the Kenyan Red Cross.
The gunmen burst into the mall and shot indiscriminately, taking some people hostage, according to a senior Kenyan government source.
What CNN left out about the attack:
lijah Kamau, who was at the mall at the time of the midday attack, said that the gunmen made a declaration that non-Muslims would be targeted.
"The gunmen told Muslims to stand up and leave. They were safe, and non-Muslims would be targeted," he said.
The Religion of Peace™. When will the Islamophobia end?
UPDATE by Rusty: This is bad. Really, really bad:
At least 39 people were killed and over 150 others wounded, including foreigners, after gunmen stormed an upscale mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, the country's president saidI'm hearing that number might even climb. There's video at the link, if you can stomach it.
This is the kind of thing al Qaeda has been aspiring to do here in the US for years. I'm actually surprised it hasn't happened here yet.
Our prayers go out to the victims.
Update: Matt Damon: The President of Kenya has told his nation among the dead are "very close members" of his family... This just went up another notch..
Update by Howie: The death toll is still standing at 68. There are reports of two terrorists killed this morning.
Live feed from Kenyan television here.
Twitter has suspended al-Shabbab's @HSM_Press and another HSM_Press2. Announcing your new terrorist twitter feed wasn't enough I guess.
This image is circulating of what appears to be al-Shabaab terrorists inside the mall, although it unconfirmed.
al-Shabaab released the names of the murderers inside the mall, although this is totally based on their word so grain of salt. Update Shabaab denies list. Like I said grain of salt.
The operation to finish them is still ongoing. I fully expect the rest of the hostages to be murdered. Its also probable the death toll will rise even further when the entire scene is secured.
I know its unfair to bomb and burn men women and children in villages of scrub brush with a high tech military, but in Shabaab's case we should make an exception.
Also circulating, a rumor that Stupid Jihadi Bitch Samantha Lewthwaite is involved in the attacks. Known as the White Widow, her Husbands have a habit of finding themselves dead. Her latest reportedly killed recently with Omar Hammami.
But there are also reports that male terrorists disguised themselves as women.
Update: Here is a copy of al-Shabaab's statement.
Update: Hashtag for Muslims rejecting Westgate murder and violence in the name of Islam? Actually no.