Westgate shopping mall shooting

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Westgate shopping mall shooting
Smoke above Westgate mall.jpg
Smoke over Westgate shopping mall on 23 September 2013
Location Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
Coordinates 1°15′25″S 36°48′12″E / 1.25694°S 36.80333°E / -1.25694; 36.80333Coordinates: 1°15′25″S 36°48′12″E / 1.25694°S 36.80333°E / -1.25694; 36.80333
Date 21 September 2013 (2013-09-21)
~12:00–12:30 on 21–24 September (UTC+3)
Attack type
Mass murder, shootings, hostage crisis, siege
Weapons AK-47s[1]
Deaths 67 victims
5 attackers
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator al-Shabaab

On 21 September 2013, ten men with guns attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The attack lasted until 24 September. The attackers held hostages and later fought in gun battles with Kenyan security forces. A total of 72 people died, including 61 civilians, 6 Kenyan soldiers and 5 attackers. Over 200 people were injured. The shopping mall where the attack took place was Westgate.

The Islamist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.[3] It said that it was in retaliation for the Kenyan military's role in the Somali Civil War. Newly released intelligence report named Kenyan commander and chief in attack.[4]

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