Gunmen kill 20, take hostages in Nairobi mall assault
NAIROBI (AFP) - Masked gunmen stormed a teeming upmarket mall in Nairobi Saturday, sprayed gunfire and killing around 20 people before holing themselves up in the complex with hostages.
Police were going shop-to-shop to evacuate terrified people from the Westgate shopping mall, which is popular with wealthy Kenyans and expatriates and generally packed on weekends.
Witnesses said the gunmen spoke Arabic or Somali and executed shoppers, in what appeared to be the worst attack in Nairobi since an Al Qaeda bombing at the US embassy killed more than 200 in 1998.
The Red Cross said that some 20 people had been killed and another 50 wounded in the attack.