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Somali Militant Group Claims Kenya Mall Attack

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group is claiming responsibility for the deadly attack on a mall in Kenya.

A statement from al-Shabab on its official Twitter feed Saturday said the attacks are retribution for military action by Kenya inside Somalia. The group said it was now shifting the battlefield to Kenya.

The group said its fighters entered Nairobi's upscale Westgate Mall at around noon and were still inside more than nine hours later. Kenyan military special forces had entered the mall in an effort to end the standoff.

The Kenya President said 39 people were killed, and 150 wounded in mall attack.

Al-Shabab claimed its fighters had killed 100 people, but the group's claims are frequently exaggerated.


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