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Bodies of Westgate gunmen with FBI

Kenya's army revealed Friday that the bodies of the gunmen who attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall last year are in the hands of the FBI. Military chief Julius Karangi was describing his troops' response to the attack at a forum organised by the media council to review coverage of the incident. He said his troops finally killed the attackers on the Monday morning, two days after they marched into the Westgate mall on September 21 and sprayed shoppers and staff with machine gun fire.

Investigations at Kenya mall massacre site over

Detectives scouring Kenya's Westgate shopping mall after September's massacre by Islamist gunmen have completed on-site investigations, the government said Wednesday. However, with the rear of the four-storey building collapsed after a huge fire sparked by fierce fighting between the militants and security forces, the complex is far from reopening. "Westgate Mall is no longer a crime scene," government spokesman Manoah Esipisu said. "The rubble has been cleared and it is safe to go back there."

Kenya Westgate attackers were suicide squad: Somalia's Shebab

Gunmen who massacred at least 67 people in Kenya's Westgate mall in September were special suicide commandos, Somalia's Shebab insurgents said Tuesday, rubbishing reports the men had tried to escape. Members of a "martyrdom brigade", the gunmen were "brothers who have volunteered to enter into enemy ranks and cause havoc before being killed by the enemy," the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab said in the latest issue of their online magazine.

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What's happening in Africa on Monday: + DR Congo, rebels to sign peace deal + Hearing for suspects in Westgate mall massacre KAMPALA: Reporting the expected signing of a peace deal in Uganda on Monday between the Democratic Republic of Congo and defeated M23 rebels. Picture (DRCONGO-UNREST-UGANDA)

Kenya charges 4 over Westgate mall attack

All pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also included entering Kenya illegally and obtaining false identification documents.

Memorial service held one month after Nairobi mall attack

Mourners from Kenya's various colours and creeds gathered in the capital Nairobi Monday for an emotional ceremony marking one month since Islamist gunmen massacred close to 70 people in a mall. Relatives of the victims of the four-day siege at the upmarket Westgate mall planted trees, lit candles and held prayers for the dead, with members of Kenya's black, white and Asian community putting on a display of unity. Uthra Krishnan, a friend of one of the victims, said she was still in shock.

Soldiers with shopping bags in Kenya mall video

New CCTV footage from Nairobi's Westgate mall appears to shows Kenyan soldiers carrying loot out of the besieged mall, attacked exactly four weeks ago, the Nation newspaper reported Saturday. The report comes two days after members of parliament investigating the attack absolved the army of looting. The Nation said the 30 minutes of footage showed "scores of soldiers rummaging through the Nakumatt Supermarket and leaving with white polythene bags whose contents cannot be seen."

Uganda on alert amid threat of Kenya-style mall attack

Ugandan police issued a security alert on Friday amid warnings of a possible attack similar to the bloody assault by Somalia's Shebab fighters in Kenya's Westgate mall last month. At least 67 people were massacred in the upmarket shopping centre in Nairobi when gunmen stormed the crowded complex on September 21, firing from the hip and hurling grenades at shoppers and staff. "Stay alert and watch each other's steps and activities, as we are still threatened by terror," the Ugandan police said in a message.

Kenya govt wants to see Westgate Mall reopened

Kenya's government has given the first sign that Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall may one day reopen for business despite being partially destroyed in last month's attack by Islamist gunmen. At least 67 people died in the massacre and siege of the upmarket complex, and the rear of the four-storey building collapsed following a huge blaze sparked by fierce fighting between the militants and security forces.

Kenya govt wants to see Westgate Mall reopened

Kenya's government has given the first sign that Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall may one day reopen for business despite being partially destroyed in last month's attack by Islamist gunmen. At least 67 people died in the massacre and siege of the upmarket complex, and the rear of the four-storey building collapsed following a huge blaze that was sparked by fierce fighting between the militants and security forces.
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