FBI: Kenya mall attackers believed to be dead

2014-01-11 19:51
The scene after the Kenya mall attack. (File, AFP)

The scene after the Kenya mall attack. (File, AFP)

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Nairobi - An FBI official says the gunmen who attacked an upscale mall in Kenya's capital, killing at least 67 people, died in the attack.

Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the 21 September  attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall. Al-Shabaab says the attack was in retaliation of Kenya sending its troops to Somalia to fight the militants.

Dennis Brady, the FBI Legal Attache in Nairobi, said in an interview posted on Friday on the bureau's website: "We believe, as do the Kenyan authorities, that the four gunmen inside the mall were killed."

A New York police department report on the attack raised the possibility the gunmen may have escaped.

The top state department official for Africa, Linda Greenfield-Thomas, said in December the NYPD report does not reflect the US government position.

- AP

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