العثور على جثة سامنثا "الأرملة البيضاء" قائدة الهجوم الدموي بنيروبي Has British 'White Widow' been killed in final assault on Kenyan shopping mall?

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2019.06.24 14:36

                                                                                                                                                                              تضارب حول مشاركة "الأرملة البيضاء" بهجوم نيروبي والبوليس الكيني يعثر على جثة قائدة الهجوم على المركز التجاري في نيرروبي بين جثث القتلى



نيروبي، كينيا(CNN)-- في الوقت الذي تواترت التقارير عن مشاركة امرأة بيضاء في الهجوم على مركز "وست غيت" التجاري في نيروبي، مشيرة بذلك إلى البريطانية المعروفة بقلب "الأرملة البيضاء"، قال وزير الداخلية الكيني إنّ "الإرهابيين المشاركين في الهجوم جميعهم رجال" مشيرا إلى أنّ بعضا منهم متنكر في شكل نساء.

والتصريح هو الأحدث في ما يبدو أنه تضارب حول هوية المهاجمين حيث سبق لمصدر أمني كيني أن أعلن لـCNN أن معاينة أشرطة كاميرات المراقبة داخل المركز تظهر وجود امرأة بيضاء بريطانية على الأغلب، وهي تشارك بفعالية في الهجوم.

وقبل ذلك، قال متحدث كيني رسمي إنّ سلطات بلاده تحقق في ضلوع امرأة. وأضاف المتحدث مانواه إسيبيسو ردا على سؤال ما إذا كان يؤكد أنّ العضو في حركة "الشباب" سامنثا ليوثويت، تشارك في الهجوم المستمر منذ السبت والذي سقط فيه 68 قتيلا ومعهم 200 جريح، منهم 13 بخطر، أضاف أنّ كل الفرضيات غير مستبعدة.

وسامنثا المطلوبة رقم 1 في العالم، خصوصا من "سي.آي.إيه" الأميركية التي وضعت على رأسها جائزة قيمتها 5 ملايين دولار، وأيضا من "سكوتلانديارد" البريطاني والإنتربول الدولي والمخابرات الكينية والصومالية.

وأشارت تقارير صحفية بريطانية في مايو/أيار إلى أنه من المحتمل أن تكون سامنثا تعيش في كينيا أو الصومال.

لكنّ خبير CNN المختص بشؤون الإرهاب بيتر بيرغن استبعد ذلك، قائلا "سيكون أمرا غير عادي بالمرة أن تشارك امرأة في أي من هذه العمليات. فعادة تكره هذه الجماعات النساء. ورؤيتها بشأن المرأة أنها ينبغي أن تكون في البيت مخفية داخل برقع."

لكن أشرطة المراقبة وشهودا تشير إلى أن امرأة بيضاء بريطانية هي من ضمن المسلحين الذين يحتجزون رهائن ويشتبكون مع قوات الأمن والجيش، مما يعزز من احتمال أن تكون المرأة هي "الأرملة البيضاء."

"ويست غيت" نقلة في عمليات "الشباب"

وعلى صعيد متصل، أكّد مصدر من داخل حركة "الشباب" لـCNN أنّ الأسماء التسعة التي تضمنتها تغريدة على موقع "تويتر" -وتمت إزالتها- هم من ضمن المسلحين الذين يشاركون في الهجوم.

ومن ضمن المهاجمين ثلاثة أمريكيين وصوماليان وكندي وفنلندي وكيني وبريطاني

بريطانية اعتنقت الإسلام بسن المراهقة أصبحت الأكثر سوءاً وخطراً بين نساء العالم
سامنثا "الأرملة البيضاء" قبل وبعد الحجاب

 

سامنثا زمن المراهقة

انتشرت أنباء ليل أمس الأحد، معظمها مصدره المخابرات الغربية، والبريطانية والأميركية بشكل خاص، عن وجود قرائن قوية بأن بريطانية معروفة إرهابيا بلقب "الأرملة البيضاء" هي من قاد الهجوم المستمر منذ السبت الماضي داخل مركز "وست غيت" التجاري بالعاصمة الكينية، نيروبي، حيث سقط 68 قتيلا ومعهم 200 جريح، منهم 13 بخطر.

إنها سامنثا لوثويث، المطلوبة رقم 1 في العالم، خصوصا من "سي.آي.إيه" الأميركية بجائزة قيمتها 5 ملايين دولار، وأيضا من "سكوتلانديارد" البريطاني والإنتربول الدولي والمخابرات الكينية والصومالية، وغيرها الكثير من الأجهزة الأمنية.

ومعظم المعروف عن سامنثا جمعته "العربية.نت" من وسائل إعلام بريطانية بشكل خاص، وأهمه ما ورد عنها في صحيفة "صن أون صنداي" بمايو/أيار الماضي نقلا عن مصدر مخابراتي، بأنها تقيم متنكرة ومتخفية في كينيا أو الصومال "وتخطط لاستهداف سياح بريطانيين بالمتفجرات في أحد منتجعات كينيا" التي يزورها 200 ألف بريطاني كل عام.

من دردشة بالإنترنت ولدت عائلة إرهابية

 مع زوجها جيرمن ليندسي وطفلتها

سامانثا لوثويت، البالغ عمرها 29 سنة، اعتنقت الإسلام وهي مراهقة عمرها 15 سنة وغيّرت اسمها إلى شريفة، وهي مرصودة دائما من المخابرات الغربية والإفريقية كدماغ يعمل على التخطيط لشن هجمات شبيهة بما قام به زوجها، جيرمن ليندسي، حين فجّر نفسه مع 3 انتحاريين آخرين في 4 هجمات استهدفت قطارات الأنفاق بلندن في 7 يوليو/تموز 2005 فقتلت 52 وسببت الجروح لأكثر من 700 آخرين.

وكانت سامنثا تعرفت في 2002 عبر الدردشة في الإنترنت بجيرمن الذي قتل وحده 26 شخصاً حين فجّر نفسه في تلك العملية الرباعية، مع أنه كان في 2005 أبا منها لطفلة عمرها أقل من 3 سنوات، وقريبا كانت زوجته الحامل بشهرها السابع ستضع طفلها الثاني.

بعده تزوجت من البريطاني المشتبه أيضا بالإرهاب وخبير صناعة القنابل، حبيب صالح الغني، المعروف بأسامة، فأنجبت منه طفلها الثالث، ثم انتقلت في 2009 للعيش معه في كينيا، وفيها اختفى أثرها تماما، إلا من اتصالات كانت تجريها مع عائلتها ببريطانيا، ثم توقفت منذ 2011 عن القيام بأي اتصال.
تكره غير المسلمين وتسعى ما أمكنها للتدمير

لكن معلومات سرية ألمت بها المخابرات البريطانية أشارت إلى أنها كانت تقيم في منزل كبير بضاحية للأثرياء في مدينة مومباسا الكينية، وتعد منه لهجوم يستهدف السياح البريطانيين "حيث أبلغنا جيران برؤيتهم لامرأة زرقاء العينين ترتدي الحجاب ووصفوها بما يحاكي ملامحها تماما، فقمنا بمداهمة المنزل، لكننا لم نعثر عليها فيه" كما قال.

في ذلك المنزل الكبير الذي يشتبه أنه كان مقرا للتخطيط لعمليات التفجير، وجدوا كومبيوتر "لاب توب" خاص بها، وفيه الكثير مما يشير إلى إعدادها لهجمات إرهابية، فضلاً عن ملاحظات تذكر فيها بأنها تربي أطفالها ليكونوا مجاهدين.

وأبلغ المصدر "صن أون صنداي" بأن التقارير المخابراتية عن سامنثا تصفها بأنها "تجمع بين أفكار "القاعدة" وحركة الشباب الصومالية، وتكره غير المسلمين وتسعى للتسبب بأقصى درجة ممكنة من التدمير في الهجوم الذي تعد له" كما قال.

وفي الشهرين الماضيين انتشرت تأكيدات بأن "الأرملة البيضاء" تنشط من كينيا إرهابيا، وأن صدى المخاوف منها وصل إلى اليمن، فأبدت أجهزة الأمن البريطانية في أغسطس/آب الماضي قلقها من تورطها في ما سمته "مؤامرة إرهابية لضرب أهداف غربية" يعد لها تنظيم "القاعدة" في صنعاء، وعلى أثرها تم إغلاق السفارة البريطانية لأيام.

"منحت حياتها إلى الله"


وأهم ما تسبب بشهرة سامنثا كالأكثر سوءاً وخطرا بين نساء العالم، هو انتماؤها لتنظيم "القاعدة" وزواجها من إرهابيين، وللتأكد مخابراتيا فيما بعد "من أنها كانت تجمع أموال التبرعات عبر شبكة ممتدة من المملكة المتحدة وجنوب إفريقيا وباكستان والصومال بحيث صارت تموّل عمليات "القاعدة" في شرق إفريقيا، إضافة لقيامها بتدريب نساء لتحويلهن إلى انتحاريات".

وقرأت "العربية.نت" نقلا عن أحد المواقع الإلكترونية المتعاطفة مع "القاعدة" وتوابعها، أن سامنثا "منحت حياتها إلى الله" وأنها الآن "تخدم الله كواحدة من جنوده في الصومال". وفي مواقع أخرى قرأت أن عمرها كان 11 سنة حين انفصل والداها "فتأثرت من هذا الانفصال، ووجدت العزاء بجيرانها المسلمين وارتباطهم العائلي الأقوى.

ومما يعتقدونه عن "الأرملة البيضاء" أنها المشتبه بها الرئيسي أيضا في هجوم إرهابي على حانة قرب نيروبي العام الماضي، وكانت مكتظة بغربيين يشاهدون مباراة بين إنجلترا وإيطاليا في نهائيات الأمم الأوروبية (يورو 2012) لأن شهود عيان رأوا امرأة بيضاء وهي ترمي قنابل يدوية في الحانة التي قتل فيها 3 أشخاص وآلمت الجروح أكثر من 30 آخرين.
"الجهاد حي في كينيا وحي في داخلي"

الشيء نفسه ورد هذه المرة أيضا عن شهود عيان استطاعوا الفرار من الهجمة الإرهابية على مركز "وست غيت" بنيروبي السبت الماضي، فقالوا إنهم "شاهدوا امرأة بيضاء، أو ربما امرأتين، مع المهاجمين وهي تحمل رشاشا" فيما نقل موقع NairobiXposed الإخباري أمس الأحد أن تقارير من "سي.آي.إيه" الأميركية والموساد الإسرائيلي أشارت إلى أن سامنثا "مسؤولة عن مقتل شرطي في المركز التجاري" في إشارة منها إلى مشاركتها بالعملية.

كما نقل الموقع، ولكن من دون مصدر أيضا، أن سامنثا التي تتكلم العربية والسواحلية قالت قبل وقت قصير من الهجوم على المركز التجاري: "لذلك قد تكون الجنة غدا. أنا أنظر لأرى من حولي كم هو الجهاد جميل. إنه حي في كينيا، وحي في داخلي، وأنا أتنفس الجهاد.. لقد حان وقتي".
لكن الموقع، الذي راجعت "العربية.نت" خبره، لم يذكر أين قرأ هذه العبارات على لسان "الأرملة البيضاء" أو لمن قالته، علما بأن حسابا كان لها في "تويتر" التواصلي، تم إقفاله قبل عام
  Has British White Widow been killed in final assault on Kenyan shopping mall? Officials say body of white woman terrorist found at scene Samantha Lewthwaite, widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, wanted by Kenyan police on a string of terror charges Westgate Shopping Centre on fire amid fears that terrorists have carried out suicide bomb attack Architect Ross Langdon, who had dual Australian and British nationality, is confirmed among the dead His Harvard-educated girlfriend Elif Yavuz was also killed. She was two weeks away from giving birth
Foreign Office confirmed on Monday that four Britons have been killed in the atrocity Kenyan government says two militants have died in battle to retake the building Claims that five of the attackers are American and two are British
Kenyan military official says terrorists are a multinational collection from all over the world
Al Shabaab militants today said they would kill the remaining hostages inside the Westgate Shopping Centre
Kenyan official reveals he suspects the involvement of fugitive 7/7 white widow Samantha Lewthwaite Men, women and children slaughtered if they could not recite Koran or name Prophet Mohammeds mother Terrorists told French citizen hey want to kill Kenyans and Americans

By Becky Evans and Paul Bentley

A dead white woman has been found among Islamic terrorists killed by soldiers as they stormed the mall where 62 shoppers were slaughtered this weekend, Kenyan officials said.

The claim, made by three sources to news agency Reuters, will fuel speculation that the dead woman is Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, who is wanted by Kenyan police on a string of terror charges. Police will also investigate the possibility that she is a hostage dressed in one of the terrorists clothes.

Asked if it was Lewthwaite, dubbed the White Widow, an intelligence officer said: We don know.

Moments after the news broke, Al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda affiliated terror group behind the massacre at Nairobis Westgate Shopping Centre, used their Twitter feed to claim that Lewthwaite was safe.

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A dead white woman has been found among Islamic terrorists killed by soldiers as they stormed the mall where 62 shoppers were slaughtered this weekend, Kenyan officials said. It will fuel speculation the dead woman is Samantha Lewthwaite (left and right), widow of 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay,  wanted on terror charges

 

It comes as Kenyan special forces were today locked in a fight to the death with Islamic terrorists who have been barricaded inside the Nairobi mall with up to 40 hostages since Saturday.

Witnesses described hearing four large explosions at the Westgate Shopping Centre followed by the sight of thick plumes of smoke and the sounds of fierce gunfire after the military tried to break the three day siege by gaining access from the roof.

It is feared that some of the gunmen, who are from Al Qaeda affiliated group Al Shabaab, may have blown themselves up, though a Kenyan government minister said that militants had set fire to some mattresses in a supermarket as a decoy.

Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said that three of the terrorists have now been killed and that most hostages were now free.

We think the operation will come to an end soon, he said. We are in control of all the floors, the terrorists are running and hiding in some stores... there is no room for escape.

The Red Cross has put the death toll at 62 - including four Britons - and say 63 are still missing. At least 175 were injured, including children.

 

The Westgate Shopping Centre is on fire and a fierce gun battle is underway as Kenyan special forces try to end the three day siege that has killed at least 62 people

 

 

 

 

Witnesses have reported hearing rapid gun fire at the shopping mall and Kenyan soldiers have been seen moving towards Westgate

 

A paramedic runs for cover outside the mall in Nairobi after a large explosion was followed by sustained shooting

 

Security forces say they have evacuated almost all the hostages from the shopping centre, which was on fire earlier on Monday

 

 

 

There are fears the death toll will rise as security forces search the upmarket shopping complex.

Briton Ross Langdon, 33, has been confirmed as one of the dead. The award-winning architect, who had dual nationality with Australia, died alongside his heavily pregnant Dutch partner Elif Yavuz.

 

She was a a Harvard-educated malaria specialist who worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative and was just two weeks away from giving birth to her first child.

The identities of the rest of the dead Britons have not been released. But late last night a British man told The Daily Telegraph that he had lost his wife and daughter and had identified their bodies from photographs shown to him by police.

Peruvian national Dr Juan Jesus Ortiz-Iruri, 63, who was due to start work at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine next month, was confirmed among the dead today. 

Explosions and then black smoke rises from besieged mall
 

The Kenyan interior ministry said almost all the hostages have been evacuated from the mall hours after it was rocked by a series of blasts.

In a Twitter message it added some individuals have been arrested at Nairobi airport.

In a series of updates, it said 16 Kenyan soldiers had been injured, adding that the focus of the operation is now clearing the building.

Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said security forces now have control over all four storeys of the shopping mall and are confident there is no escape route for the surviving terrorists.

He said: We are doing anything reasonably possible, cautiously though, to bring this process to an end.

The terrorists could be running and hiding in some stores, but all floors now are under our control.

 
 

A Kenyan minister claimed the heavy black smoke billowing from the shopping mall on Monday was caused by burned mattresses

 

 

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

 

 

Kenyan police said they have rescued some hostages after storming the mall and said they are increasingly gaining advantage [over] the attackers

 

Ross Langdon, 33, was killed alongside his heavily pregnant Dutch partner Elif Yavuz

 

As Kenyan soldiers and more armoured personnel carriers descended on the mall, a spokesman for terror group Al Shabaab Ali Mohamud Rage said in a statement posted on an Islamist website that those held inside will ear the brunt of any force used by soldiers against the militants.

The statement read: We authorise the mujahedeen inside the building to take actions against the prisoners as much as they are pressed.

We are telling Christians advancing onto the mujahedeen to have mercy for their prisoners who will bear the brunt of any force directed against the mujahedeen.

There were conflicting reports about the identity of the attackers. Al Shabaab claimed on Twitter last night that the group was being led by Samantha Lewthwaite, who was married to Jermaine Lindsay, one of the 7/7 suicide bombers.

Known as the White Widow, she is wanted by Kenyan police over links to a suspected terrorist cell planning bomb attacks.

A link between Lewthwaite and the Westgate attack was made after soldiers claimed they had seen a white woman in a veil shouting orders to gunman in Arabic.

Meanwhile, a Twitter account claiming to represent Al Shabaab yesterday claimed that terrorists from seven nations are involved in the attack, including the U.S., Britain and Canada.

The HSM Press Office account, which has been suspended twice, claimed the group were Ahmed Nasir Shirdoon, 24, from London, UK; Gen Mustafe Noorduiin, 27, from Kansas City, U.S., Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid, 24, from Minneapolis, U.S., and Ahmed Mohamad Isse, 22, from Saint Paul, U.S; Ismael Guled, 23, from Finland; Abdirizak Mouled, 24, from Ontario, Canada; and Zaki Jama Caraale, 20, and Sayid Nuh, 25, both from Somalia.

A top Kenyan military official said he believes the attackers are a multinational collection from all over the world.

 

Police officers take cover following a string of explosions and fierce gun fire on Monday - the third day of the siege

 

 

Militants inside Westgate Shopping Centre have threatened to kill the remaining hostages as Kenyan security personnel try to end the siege (pictured)

 

 

 

 


Kenya Security personnel take cover outside the Westgate Mall. Islamist terror group Al Shabaab claimed it carried out the atrocity in which four Britons were killed and 175 people were left injured

 

Kenyan military said last night that most of the hostages have been freed but a spokesman admitted today that the situation is still not clear

 

 

Militants inside the shopping centre said hostages would ear the brunt of any action by the Kenyan military

 

 

 

 

Terror link: Samantha Lewthwaite, 29, originally from Buckinghamshire, was described as a rave lady by Islamist terror group Al Shabaab

 

General Julius Karangi said fighters from an array of nations participated in the attack claimed by Al Shabaab, a Somali group allies with al-Qaida.

We have an idea who they are, their nationality and even the number.  We are fighting global terrorism here and we have sufficient intel (intelligence) to suggest that.

As the stand-off entered its third day, sustained bursts of rapid gunfire erupted at dawn and lasted 15 minutes, and soldiers posted around the complex ducked for cover.

This was followed by three big explosions, AFP correspondents at the scene said.

A Kenyan special forces officer said troops had moved in to end the siege with force.

I saw them only once, I could not see them much," he said. It was hide-and-seek, hide-and-seek, hide-and-seek. In the end we had to use full force, we had to finish with these guys.

Al Shabaab have not said how many people were being held by the dozen-or-so attackers, who marched into the Israeli-owned four-storey complex at midday Saturday, spraying shoppers with machine gunfire and tossing grenades.

One security officer said within half-an-hour of the attack the mall had been turned into an abattoir as gunmen wearing Islamic scarves but Western clothes went on the rampage.

Police chief David Kimaiyo said today that some hostages have been freed. However, a group claiming to represent the Al Shabaab terrorists said they are still fighting inside the building. 

In a message on Twitter Mr Kimaiyo wrote: Thumbs up to our multi-agency team, we have just managed to rescue some hostages. We e increasingly gaining advantage of the attackers.

WE ONLY WANT TO KILL KENYANS AND AMERICANS: EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPE OF FRENCH FAMILY

A French woman said she was freed by the Islamic terrorists because they told her they only wanted to kill Kenyans and Americans.

The woman, who only gave her name as Pauline, said she escaped with her two young children, who were given Mars bars by the gunmen.

Pauline said she was asked for forgiveness by the terrorists who told her we are not monsters.

The mother of two, who was in the supermarket when the attack began, said once she agreed Muslims were not ad people they gave her children, Emily, 6, and Eliot, 4, chocolate.

She told The Independent: He said we only only want to kill Kenyans and Americans. He then told me I had to change my religion to Islam and said "do you forgive us? do you forgive us?

She said she was able to escape with another two children, including a wounded 12-year-old boy whose mother had been murdered.


Terrified children wait by the body of a man after escaping from the shopping centre. Militants have today threatened to kill the remaining hostages

Fleeing: A child runs to safety across the shopping mall following the deadly attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Four Britons have been killed in the attack

Terror: Armed police guide a woman carrying a child to safety at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi

 
 
 

Desperation: A crowd of people hold their arms out to catch a Kenyan woman as she jumps out from the air vent where she had been hiding from the gunmen

 

 

Moving quickly: An image grab taken from AFP TV shows civilians taking cover following an attack by masked gunmen in a shopping mall in Nairobi

 

62 DEAD AND 175  INJURED FROM 14 NATIONS: DETAILS OF KENYA TERRORIST ATTACK VICTIMS BEGIN TO EMERGE

Canadian diplomat Annemarie Desloges was among the 68 people known to have died in the attack. Her husband Robert Munk was injured

KENYA
President Uhuru Kenyattas nephew Mbugua Mwangi and his nephews fiancee Rosemary Wahito were killed.

Radio and TV personality Ruhila Adatia-Sood, was also killed after hosting a cookery competition at the mall. 

Reports said she was recently married and six months pregnant.

GHANA
Kofi Awoonor, a Ghanaian poet, professor and former ambassador to Brazil, Cuba and the United Nations, died after being wounded in the attack, Ghanas presidential office confirmed.

Ghanas ministry of information said Awoonors son was injured and is responding to treatment. 

CANADA
Two Canadians, including a diplomat, died in the attack, according to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

He paid tribute to the victims and noted the loss of diplomat Annemarie Desloges, who served in Canadas High Commission to Kenya as a liaison officer with the Canada Border Services Agency.

Her spouse Robert Munk was wounded in the attack, but has since been released from the hospital, the Canadian Press reported. 

INDIA
Two Indians, 8-year-old Parmashu Jain and 40-year-old Sridhar Natarajan, were killed, and four others were wounded in the attack.

BRITAIN
The Foreign Office have confirmed that four UK nationals have been killed in the attack.

Prize-winning architect Ross Langdon, who had dual British and Australian citizenship, is believed to be one of the dead.

A British man, who refused to give his name, said his wife and daughter were both killed in the atrocity.

The Foreign Office warned the number of British dead is likely to rise as further information becomes available.

FRANCE
Two French women were killed, President Francois Hollande said. 

SOUTH AFRICA
One South African citizen was killed, according to the countrys International Relations Department. 

THE NETHERLANDS
A 33-year-old Dutch woman died in the attack, believed to be Elif Yavuz, the heavily pregnant partner of British architect Mr Langdon.

Seven other Dutch citizens who were in the mall escaped unharmed, Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said. 

CHINA
A 38-year-old Chinese woman with the surname Zhou who worked in the real estate industry was killed in the attack, Chinas official Xinhua News Agency reported. Her son was injured in the attack and was in stable condition in a hospital, according to the Chinese Embassy in Kenya. 

PERU
A retired staff member of UNICEF from Peru was killed, the agencys regional office for Eastern and Southern Africa said.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine confirmed today that Dr Juan Jesus Ortiz-Iruri, 63, who had worked in Britain, was among the dead. 

Colleague Professor Nynke van den Broek said: He had dedicated his professional life to improving health systems in Africa and Asia, particularly in the area of maternal, child and new-born health. Juan had worked with us on a range of maternal and new-born health programmes for some time from his base in Nairobi and we were all looking forward to welcoming him as a full time member of staff in Liverpool later this week. His loss will be felt by us all both professionally and personally.

U.S.
Five American citizens were injured, U.S. officials said. 

NEW ZEALAND
Andrew McLaren, 34, a New Zealander who managed a factory in Kenya for the avocado oil company Olivado, was wounded in the attack, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. He was hospitalised in stable condition.

SWITZERLAND
The Swiss government confirmed that one of its citizens was injured in the attack. It said its embassy in Nairobi is in contact with the victims family and local officials, but would not provide further detail on the victims name.

 

 

 

 

Tense: Kenyan paramilitary officers walk towards a small shopping arcade adjacent to the Westgate shopping mall where the fate of the hostages remained unclear on Monday morning

 

 
 

Tense: Soldiers from the Kenya Defense Forces walk out of the mall, following the sound of explosions and gunfire

 

Distressing: A woman holds a baby sitting with other injured people who are crying for help after gunmen went on a shooting spree in the Westgate shopping centre


Shock: A soldier directs people up stairs inside the Westgate shopping mall. Some fled and sought refuge in shops, bank vaults and store rooms as grenades exploded and bullets fired around them

WHO ARE AL SHABAAB? 

Al Shabaab -  which means The Youth in Arabic - was formed in Somalia in 2006 as an offshoot of the Union of Islamic Courts.

Experts say it has up to 9,000 fighters, including foreigners.

In 2010, the group carried out a double bombing in Uganda, targeting people watching the football World Cup final.

A total of 77 people were killed.

The group formally ran large parts of Somalias south but has been pushed back by the African Union force in the past couple of years, in which Kenyan troops played a large part.

Al Shabaab, which is banned in the UK and the U.S., was forced out of Somalias capital of
Mogadishu in 2011.

I saw them only once, I could not see them much, he said. It was hide-and-seek, hide-and-seek, hide-and-seek. In the end we had to use full force, we had to finish with these guys.

The HSM Press Office account, which has been suspended twice and claims to have contact with the terrorists inside, wrote today: They’ve obtained large amounts of ammunition and are, by the blessings of Allah alone, still firm and still dominating the show #Westgate.

The attacks have a chilling similarity to those in Mumbai in 2008 where terrorist besieged hotels, community centres and streets in 12 co-ordinated attacks, leaving more than 170 dead.

Following chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK had offered assistance to Kenya.

He said: Cobra met this morning and had an updated assessment of the situation. I can confirm that there is a fourth British national confirmed dead and the next of kin have been informed.

We’re in close touch with the Kenyan authorities and we stand ready to provide them with any additional assistance they require.

A British businessman said four members of his family were killed in the atrocity.

Samir Bharma, from Spinney Hills, Leicester, was last night making arrangements to fly to the Kenyan capital and said his relatives were killed while taking part in a recording of a television programme called Masterchef Junior.

He said: They were young people who were taking part in a cookery contest that was taking place in the centre. Unfortunately they have all passed away.

An aunt - my dads cousin - shes critical in hospital. Ive spoken to my father who is there, but contact is difficult.

Another Leicester man said his parents and brother and sister were in the shopping mall when the terrorists struck.

The man, in his 20s, wishes to remain anonymous after his mother warned him that terrorists had hacked into Facebook accounts of Nairobi residents and left the chilling warning we are watching you.

He said: [My mother] was just passing by in the upper mall. The whole thing was taking place on the ground floor and she just saw gunmen wandering around everywhere and shooting people. She saw her best friend being shot straight in the head.

My sister just froze to the spot. My brother dragged my sister out into the parking lot. At that point the parking lot was secure and people could leave.

Hunting down the terrorists: Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi

 

Help: Relatives and friends of victims line up to donate blood in Nairobi, following the overwhelming numbers of casualties from the Westgate mall shooting

Witness describes close encounter with Nairobi mall gunmen
 

 

 

Siege: People look at the Westgate shopping mall in the distance where hostages were held for three days

 

Survivors of the siege told today how terrorists, their faces hidden with Islamic scarves, stormed the shopping mall and started tossing grenades and spraying shoppers with AK-47s.

The gunmen ordered all Muslims to leave before carrying out rudimentary tests to see if hostages could recite the Koran and name the mother of the Prophet Mohammed.

As soldiers began working their way through the shopping centre yesterday they discovered that piles of bodies had been pushed against doors to slow their progress.

Reports on where the terrorists are holed up differ, with some reports suggesting they have barricaded themselves and dozens of hostages in a toilet block on the ground floor. 

A French woman, known only as Pauline, said the terrorists told her they only wanted to kill Kenyans and Americans.

Al Shabaab has demanded that President Uhuru Kenyatta must pull out Kenyan troops from Somalia.

Troops have pushed the militants on to the defensive over the past two years as part of an African Union-backed peacekeeping mission. Kenyatta refused.

The president, who lost a nephew in Saturdays killing, vowed to hold firm in the war on terror in Somalia and said, cautiously, that Kenyan forces could end the siege.

I assure Kenyans that we have as good a chance to successfully neutralise the terrorists as we can hope for, he said. We will punish the masterminds swiftly and painfully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horror: Shoppers hurry down an escalator with their hands in the air as they make their way out of the shopping centre to safety

Killings: The fate of the hostages remained unclear this morning despite earlier statements from police saying most of those held had been rescued

Desperation: An injured woman, whose face and clothes are drenched in blood, lies on the ground outside the shopping mall screaming for help

 
Footage shows shoppers fleeing attack inside Nairobi mall
 

 

 

 

 
 

Escape: Women carrying children run for safety after al Shabaab terrorists stormed Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya armed with guns and grenades

 

 

Spree: Shots are still being heard in the mall as police and terrorists engage in a stand-off

Hands up: Hostages of all nationalities head for the exit with their arms raised to show they are not carrying any weapons

 

 

 
 
Hague condemns callous and cowardly terrorist attack in Kenya
 

 

Hundreds of Kenyans donate blood for Nairobi victims
 

Scramble: People crawl on their stomachs to safety as security forces keep a lookout at the Nairobi mall on Saturday

Judges at the International Criminal Court adjourned the trial of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto today for a week to allow him to return home to deal with the hostage crisis.

Ruto and Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, face charges of crimes against humanity in relation to their role in coordinating a wave of violence that swept Kenya in the aftermath of the countrys contested 2007 elections.

The courts unusually swift decision was taken during an emergency session after prosecutors said they had no objection to a short delay in proceedings, and a representative for the witnesses broke down in tears in the courtroom, saying Ruto should be allowed to attend to the urgent matter.

 

Wounded: A Kenyan policeman sits clutching his stomach alongside his rifle while a colleague exchanges fire with the terrorists

 

 

 

 

 

Scared: Clearly distressed, this family join hands as they make their way out of the building. Bullet wounds can be seen in the glass behind them

 

 

Cat and mouse: A security officer points out the location of where some of the terrorists may be hiding to his colleagues, all three of whom have their pistols at the ready

 

 

Protection: A mother and her children lie on the floor as they attempt to hide while the gunmen armed with automatic weapons go on the rampage

 

 

Terrified: A young girl in tears is led away form the terror by a police officer

 
 
Witnesses recount Nairobi massacre
 
 

 

Children: A soldier carries one of the survivors to safety as armed police hunt for the gunmen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rescue: A policeman carries a baby to safety on the barrel of his gun while a woman ducks for safety behind him

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Rescue: A woman is shipped to an ambulance in a shopping trolley by centre staff

 

 

 

 

 

Family mall: Customers who had planned a Saturday of shopping were forced to run following a shootout between unidentified armed men and the police

 

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