Explosions, Heavy Gunfire, Black Smoke At Westgate Mall

A series of loud explosions and heavy gunfire was heard at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall Monday as dense black smoke billowed from the complex, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.

A Kenyan security official told Reuters that the explosion was an attempt to enter the shopping mall. "It is us who caused the explosion"
A Kenyan security official told Reuters that the explosion was an attempt to enter the shopping mall. “It is us who caused the explosion”

The area around the mall was teeming with Kenyan soldiers and armoured personnel carriers, as emergency workers and reporters were told to take cover.

However, a Kenyan security official told Reuters that the explosion was an attempt to enter the shopping mall. “It is us who caused the explosion”.

“We tried to enter from the top” he said.

Ambulances were also seen accelerating towards the scene.

Paramedics and police officers run outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi after heavy shooting started Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo)
Paramedics and police officers run outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi after heavy shooting started Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo)

The mall has been under siege by Al-Qaeda-linked Somali gunmen since Saturday in an attack that has killed at least 69 people, with another 63 reported missing.

1 thought on “Explosions, Heavy Gunfire, Black Smoke At Westgate Mall

  1. Fellows, Kenyans needs our [rayers to get over this siege and loss of life. Condolences to the bereaved family and all Kenyans. We pray God sees you thru.

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