web analytics
August 27, 2014 / 1 Elul, 5774
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘Nairobi’

‘White Widow’ Terrorist May Have Been Killed in Kenya Attack

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Samantha Lewthwaite, the British-born “white widow” terrorist whose husband was a suicide bomber in the 2005  attack on London’s subway and bus system, may have been among the attackers on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall and probably was killed, A Kenyan minister suggested.

“From the information that we have, two or three Americans (were involved) and I think, so far, I have heard of one Brit… a woman … and I think she has done this many times before,”   Kenyan foreign minister Amina Mohamed told PBS.

The country’s Interior Minister had said that all of the terrorists were male, but the contradiction might be explained by the fact that some of the terrorists were thought to have dressed as women.

The London Daily Mail reported, “A senior Kenyan anti-terror officer yesterday claimed: ‘We believe she was commanding the operation but her fate is not yet known. It is understood she was a sniper also.’” Lewthwaite converted to Islam and who was married to suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay. She disappeared from Britain last year and was wanted by Kenyan authorities for suspected terrorist activities.

Kenya Declares Siege over but Terrorists Remain Alive in Mall

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Kenyan authorities declared Tuesday morning that security forces have taken complete control of the mall and that no hostages remain, but Al Shabaab terrorist spokesmen claim live hostages still are trapped by attackers.

Kenya declared that a third terrorist has been killed, but the announcement came after authorities said the siege is over. Based on the assumption that approximately 15 terrorists attacked the Westgate Mall on Saturday, there still are about a dozen remaining alive.

Explosions were heard Tuesday morning, and some reports said they were from gunfire, while Kenya maintained there were controlled explosions inside the mammoth mall.

The official death toll is 68 but is expected to rise.

Kenya, Unlike Israel, ‘Does not Negotiate with Terrorists’ (Video)

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Loud explosions pouring black smoke into the skies of Nairobi Monday afternoon signaled a hoped for conclusion of the bloody military-style terrorist attack on the partly-Israeli owned Westgate Mall in Nairobi, where the death toll is feared to rise to nearly 70 or more.

Authorities, who promised on Sunday that the three-day siege would end by nightfall, said they are in the final stages of killing or arresting all of the terrorists after having “smoked them out” with an assault at dawn.

Security forces said that they have taken control of the entire mall, but gunfights and explosions continued after the announcement. Despite claims that no hostages remain, it is feared that several still remain trapped by the terrorists.

Nearly 200 people already have been counted as wounded, and 62 have been confirmed as murdered, including the wife of a U.S. AID worker.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose nephew and his fiancé were among the victims, maintained a policy that Israel introduced to the world in the Entebbe raid and then abandoned in recent years – no negotiations with terrorists. “We will not negotiate with terrorists,” said Colonel Cyrus Oguna, a Kenyan military spokesman.

Al Shabaab has been airing propaganda, claiming that its terrorists on Monday repulsed “Israelis and Kenyan forces” that tried to enter the mall. Kenyan officials said clashes erupted inside the building early Monday morning, when approximately a dozen terrorists or believed to be holed up in a supermarket.

Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage said in an online audio statement, “The mujahedeen will kill the hostages if the enemies use force.”

At least five Americans have been injured and at least four Britons have been killed.

Among the dead are the wife a foreign worker for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Nairobi, a dentist, a widely-known Ghanan professor and poet, a British-Australian architect and his pregnant girlfriend, a Canadian diplomat who was a liaison officer with the Canada Border Services Agency, an 8-year-old child from India, two French women, a woman form China who worked in real estate, and a retired UNICEF worker from Peru.

Kenyan Terrorists May be American Citizens

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The FBI is investigating whether three, and possibly five of the ten to fifteen terrorists in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya are American citizens.

As of now, it is believed that three American, a Canadian, a Brit, and a Finnish citizen are among the terrorists.

As of Sunday, at least 68 people were killed and 175 were injured by the terrorists who were targeting non-Islamists. 1000 people were freed during the raid.

Fox News reports there may be between 50 to 200 people are still in the mall, in hiding to avoid the terrorists, and there are another ten people who are still being held hostage.

Israel to the Rescue in Kenya?

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Israel security forces have joined the battle against Al Qaeda-linked terrorists, according to a report by a French news agency. Israel and the IDF have not commented on the report.

The Israeli forces reportedly are involved either in logistics or in the efforts to rescue hostages and eliminate the Al Shabaab terrorists hold up in the second floor of the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.

Al Qaeda Takes ‘Credit’ for Kenya Attack, Holds Hostages in Mall

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Al Qaeda has taken responsibility for the ongoing terrorist attack that so far has resulted in the murders of at least 59 victims, with others still being held hostage by up to 15 terrorists. Nearly 200 have been wounded.

The attack began on Saturday with an armed attack on Nairobi’s upscale Westgate Mall. More than 1,000 have escaped, but Sky News reported Sunday that security forces have not been able to secure the second floor of the shopping center after clearing terrorists from the upper and lower levels.

Several American were injured, but none have been killed, according to the latest reports. Two Canadians, at least one of them a diplomat. were murdered by the Somalia-based al Shabaab terrorist organization, linked with Al Qaeda. A statement from al-Shabab on its official Twitter feed Saturday says the attacks are retribution for military action by Kenya inside Somalia.

One eyewitness told Sky News, “I witnessed a few people get up and say something in Arabic and the gunmen let them go. A colleague of mine said he was Muslim and recited something in Arabic and they let him go as well. I saw a lot of children and elderly people being shot dead.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/al-qaeda-takes-credit-for-kenya-attack-holds-hostages-in-mall/2013/09/22/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: