Kenyan authorities have tweeted they are in control of the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, after a three-day standoff with terrorists who’ve killed dozens of people. However, two senior officials told CNN there are still several gunman inside the besieged complex. The Somali-based terrorist group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the bloodshed. Here’s the AC360 411 on the attack and the killers:
At least 62
The number of people confirmed dead in the attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
That’s how many people have been wounded. At least five were Americans, according to the U.S. State Department.
The number of people still missing and unaccounted, according to the Red Cross
The number of people rescued from the mall, the military said.
10 to 15
The estimated number of militants carrying out the attack at the mall.
The number of terrorists confirmed killed, according to Kenya’s Interior Ministry.
Kenyan soldiers have been wounded, according to the Kenya Defence Forces.
Kenyan authorities say that’s how many people have been taken into custody for questioning in connection with the attack, including at least four found at an airport.
The number of stores and restaurants at the Westgate Shopping Mall.
The approximate total number of al-Shabaab fighters, who remain “arguably intact in terms of operational readiness, chain of command, discipline and communication capabilities,“ according to a July U.N. Security Council report.
When Al-Shabaab took over the southern half of Somalia. It still controls most of the area and is seeking to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.
When al-Shabaab was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. government
July 11, 2010
Al-Shabaab carries out its first attack outside Somali. 74 people were killed, including one American, when bombers attacked three locations in Uganda’s capital, as people watched the World Cup Final. The terrorist group said the strike in retaliation for Uganda's leading role in the African Union force supporting Somalia's weak government in Mogadishu.
Al-Shabaab’s founder, Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed, and al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released a video announcing the alliance of the two organizations.
The reward money offered by the U.S. State Department for information on the location of Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamed, the 36-year-old leader of al-Shabaab.
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