100s of shoppers throng Kenya’s Westgate mall

2015-07-18 18:08
Shoppers visit the reopened Westgate Shopping Mall, nearly two years after a terrorist attack there left at least 67 people dead, in the capital Nairobi, Kenya. (Ben Curtis, AP)

Shoppers visit the reopened Westgate Shopping Mall, nearly two years after a terrorist attack there left at least 67 people dead, in the capital Nairobi, Kenya. (Ben Curtis, AP)

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Nairobi - Hundreds of shoppers thronged through the reopened Westgate Shopping Mall in Kenya's capital, Nairobi nearly two years after a terrorist attack there left at least 67 people dead.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero cut a ribbon during Saturday's re-opening ceremony following two years of repairs after security forces battled four gunmen from Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group in September 2013.

The attack led to a four-day siege of the building by security forces which destroyed part of the roof when they fired rocket propelled grenades at the attackers.

Shoppers will get a 10 percent discount for every $30 spent at the 7 400m2 complex which is expected to employ more than 250 staff.

American fast food chain Pizza Hut will also open for the first time in Kenya.

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  al-qaeda  |  kenya  |  kenya mall attack  |  east africa

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