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Abu Sandheere, a Kenyan al Qaeda operative, is suspected to have planned the Westgate Mall assault, and is thought to have escaped into Somalia. A 20-member Shabaab assassination squad led by Salaad Hassan and Khadar Abdi Abubakar is thought to be at large in Kenya. The number of people missing from the siege has dropped from 61 to 39. The bodies of five terrorists are thought to be under the rubble of the collapsed mall, and no terrorists' bodies have been recovered. The interior minister admitted that some of the terrorists may have escaped. Investigators are looking for cars the terrorists reportedly used.
The government said it is "at war" with Shabaab, and tried to address reports that it had received intelligence warnings before the Westgate Mall massacre that Shabaab was likely to attack in Nairobi. Kenya called for the US to withdraw a travel advisory issued yesterday which warned that "the US government continues to receive information about potential terrorist threats aimed at US, Western and Kenyan interests in Kenya, including in the Nairobi area and in the coastal city of Mombasa."
Authorities are holding eight suspects in the Nairobi mall attack, and have released three others. Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for "White Widow" Samantha Lewthwaite, who is wanted by Kenya on terrorism charges from 2011. A witness to the attack said the terrorist assault team was directed by a female attacker. Prior to the assault, the attackers are said to have rented a shop from a Turkish man in the mall; the shop was reportedly used to store weapons.
Shabaab's emir threatened more attacks if Kenya does not withdraw its troops from Somalia. The death toll in the attack, already at 62, may rise by as many as 60 more as security forces and forensic experts continue to sweep the building. A British man of Somali origins was arrested at Nairobi airport on suspicion of links to the attack. US officials say Shabaab may have recruited Americans for the attack; officials also say some attackers may have escaped later dressed as civilians. British terrorist Jermaine Grant appeared in court on charges of possessing explosives in a flat he had shared in Mombasa with "White Widow" Samantha Lewthwaite. The US has agreed to Kenya's request to help investigate the Nairobi mall attack.
Authorities arrested "more than 10" suspects, including four at the airport, who are thought linked to the Shabaab assault on a Nairobi mall. The death toll was revised to at least 62; the military said all floors of the mall have been cleared, but there were also reports that some gunmen remained. A Shabaab commander said the assault was well organized. Kenyan authorities believe foreign fighters were part of the assault team. Wanted British terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite is suspected of involvement in the attack.
The death toll in the Shabaab attack on the Nairobi mall has risen to 68. Some 10 to 15 attackers are thought to be still holding hostages inside the mall as security forces surround the area. President Kenyatta said Kenya will not relent in the war on terror and also said Kenya's ethnic and cultural diversity is its strength. Shabaab resumed tweeting about the operation.
Shabaab militants carried out a massacre at a Nairobi mall, shooting at least 39 civilians dead and taking hostages. The group claimed the ongoing attack, saying it was shifting the battleground to Kenya after Kenyan troops had fought Shabaab in Somalia. At least 150 people have been injured in the attack, including several Americans. The attackers, who included a woman, asked Muslims to leave the mall before the attack began.
British citizen Jermaine Grant, alleged to have links to Somalia's Shaabab, has been acquitted of charges related to robbery and raiding a police station. He will still face a separate trial in Mombasa regarding the possession of chemicals, batteries, and switches, which were allegedly for making explosives.
Authorities warn Shabaab may be planning attacks in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa to commemorate the assassination of a radical Muslim cleric. Sheik Aboud Rogo was killed on Aug. 27, 2012 when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his car.
Kenyan troops have killed several Shabaab militants among a group of about 20 near the border town of Hulugho; the remaining militants fled. A few days earlier, Shabaab forces raided a regional administration police camp in Garissa, killing four people and burning down the camp.
Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire at Nairobi's international airport yesterday that resulted in the temporary shutdown of the airport and the destruction of much of the international arrivals terminal as well as the offices of the Kenya Airports Police Unit, the National Airport Services, and the Immigration and Customs department. A Belgian and two Frenchmen who are linked to al Qaeda and Shabaab are seeking to be released from jail; they are wanted by Belgian authorities and are associates of terror suspect Hassan Kafi, who is in Belgian custody.
The Dutch embassy warned Dutch citizens in Kenya that it had received indications of a possible terrorist attack on Thursday or Friday; a large shipment of explosives destined for Mombasa was intercepted earlier this week. Abubakar Shariff Ahmed a.k.a. Makaburi denied allegations in a recent UN report that he is providing "operational direction and guidance," despite being incarcerated, to terrorist groups, including Tanzania's Ansar Muslim Youth Centre and Kenya's Al Hijra, both said to be affiliated with the al Qaeda-linked Shabaab. Police are investigating the March 4th Movement, which is attempting to mobilize Kenyan youth in an Arab spring-type revolution.
Police in central Nairobi discovered 403 rolls of ammonium nitrate disguised as books in a bus that was headed for the inland city of Voi. The driver of the bus was arrested and interrogated about the explosive cargo, which had been sent from Tanzania, and was destined for Mombasa.
A grenade attack at a camp for displaced people in Mandera county killed at least 15 people and wounded 20 more. No group has claimed the attack, but the attackers are said to have come from Ethiopia. The Police Inspector General said intelligence reports suggested that local politicians were funding inter clan militias involved in the killings.
The Anti-Terrorism Unit tracked down and killed a suspect who is said to be behind a grenade attack in Nairobi that wounded four people. The Shabaab suspect was killed in the Eastleigh neighborhood. More than 500 Kenyans are thought to have waged jihad in Somali with Shabaab.
Seven people were wounded in a grenade attack at a church in Mombasa. Three more people were wounded in a bombing in the Eastleigh neighborhood, an area in Nairobi that is know to have Shabaab sympathizers.
The head of Kenya's antiterrorism police said Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo was arrested with five other men near the Somalian border in 2010 who were trying to train and fight with Shabaab. He was handed over to British authorities in Kenya. An unnamed Kenyan antiterrorism officer claimed, however, that Adebolajo had been questioned briefly but then released, and denied allegations that Adebolajo had been tortured. Shabaab killed two policemen and four civilians in attacks at two refugee camps near Garissa.
Suspected Shabaab member Felix Nyangaga Otuko and his Somali wife were shot dead by police after the couple threw four grenades at the police during a raid on their Nairobi apartment. Otuko is linked to two grenade attacks in Kenya in October 2011.
A Kenyan court sentenced Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammed and Sayed Mansour Mousavi, two suspected IRGC Quds Force members, to life in prison for plotting attacks against Western and Israeli targets in Nairobi. Muslim authorities in Garissa criticized police methods and searches in mosques as an operation to flush out Shabaab militants in the town entered its third week.