Tigrai Online, September 21, 2013
Update September 22, 2013 Kenyan authorities said the militants held an unknown number of hostages in the shopping center located in the Westlands area of Nairobi, after killing at least 59 on Saturday. The attack is believed to be orchestrated by extremists against non-Muslim Kenyans and Westerners in the area.
Al-Shabab terrorists attacked a mall in Nairobi, Kenya killing 39 people and wounding hundreds. The Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group who are trained, armed and fully supported by Eritrea took responsibility.
Eritrea is under international sanctions for its active support for the Somalian terrorists. The United Nations Security Council renewed the sanctions against Eritrea a couple of months ago.
Al-Shabab who were routed out from their strong holds in Somalia by Ethiopian, Kenyan, Ugandan and United Nations supported African forces, vowed they will attack Kenyan malls.
In July 2010n in simultaneous bombings bearing the hallmarks of international terrorists, two explosions ripped through crowds watching the World Cup final in two places in Uganda's capital Kampala. Later Al-Shabab said it carried out the attack in response for Uganda’s participation in the war in Somalia.
CNN reporters say “Armed gunmen faced off with Kenyan police and soldiers inside an upscale Nairobi shopping mall early Sunday, hours after brazenly gunning down shoppers, diners and more.
Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET Saturday) -- an hour after reporting five "visibly shaken" hostages had been released -- Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre cryptically tweeted "major operations underway." What that meant was a mystery, and it didn't quell fears about what has happened or might happen to an unknown number of civilians who were still unaccounted for inside.
The same agency offered an update about three hours later stating that hostages were being held "in several locations," adding there was "no communications as yet." By then, government authorities had secured the mall's upper levels, though it was not known where the attackers -- and the threat -- remained.”