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  Islamists claim gun attack on Nairobi mall, at least 30 dead
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Sep 21, 2013 02:09pm
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AuthorEdmund Blair and James Macharia
MediaNews Service - Reuters
News DateSaturday, September 21, 2013 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionGunmen stormed a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Saturday, killing at least 30 people including children and sending scores fleeing in panic, in an attack claimed by the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab.

Shooting continued hours after the initial assault as troops surrounded the Westgate mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting the attackers shop by shop. A police officer inside the building said the gunmen were barricaded inside a Nakumatt supermarket, one of Kenya's biggest chains.

"We got three bodies from this shop," said volunteer Vipool Shah, 64, standing a dozen meters from the supermarket entrance and pointing to a children's shoe shop where blood lay in pools.

Shah turned to a nearby hamburger bar where piped music still played and food lay abandoned. "And a couple of bodies here."

Al Shabaab, which is battling Kenyan and other African peacekeepers in Somalia, had repeatedly threatened attacks on Kenyan soil if Nairobi does not pull its troops out of the Horn of Africa country.
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