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Israel, other Countries, Warned Kenya of Terror Attack Risk

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Israel was among the countries that warned Kenya’s government about the high risk of a terrorist attack in the months before last week’s attack on a Nairobi mall.

“Israel had warned of attacks on their business interests, but apart from just being tossed from one office to another, nothing was taken out of the intelligence reports,” an anonymous official told the French news agency AFP in a report released Sunday.

A report in the Kenyan daily The Nation, citing a leaked intelligence report, said the treasury, interior, foreign affairs and defense ministers, as well as the army chief, had been told of the high risk of a terror attack, according to AFP.

AFP cited security sources as saying that “Israeli services are playing a lead role in the ongoing investigation into the attack.”

Israeli defense officials last week confirmed that a security team arrived in Nairobi within hours of the hostage crisis at the Westgate Mall. The officials said the team advised Kenya authorities on the terrorist standoff at the upscale mall and did not include combat units.

At least 68 people were killed in the four-day siege, in which non-Muslims were singled out for death. Some 175 people were injured in the attack.

One Israeli was injured and three others escaped harm, according to Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Several Americans also were injured.

The five-story shopping center features several Israeli-owned outlets, according to wire services. Among them is the ArtCaffe — the attack by eight gunmen took place near the coffee shop and bakery.

Members of al Shabab, a Somalia-based terror group linked to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack. Al Shabab said the attack was revenge for Kenya’s military operations in Somalia that began nearly two years ago.

‘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.

Kenyan Army Launches Attack on Mall

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Heavy gunfire erupted at the Nairobi shopping mall, where Kenya’s military is now trying to end a two-day assault by Islamist gunmen.

A VOA reporter at the scene says the shooting Monday morning continued for close to 15 minutes.

The army began its assault Sunday night at the upscale Westgate Mall, where an unknown number of hostages are being held.

A spokesman said most of the hostages who were trapped in the building by al-Qaeda terrorists around midday Saturday have been rescued, and most of the mall complex is secure.

Kenya’s Red Cross says 68 people have died in the attack and at least 175 others wounded.

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/kenyan-terrorists-may-be-american-citizens/2013/09/23/

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