Westgate Mall attacker lived in refugee camp

2013-11-11 20:38
Bullet-holes pepper the glass door of a shop in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. (Rukmini Callimachi, AP)

Bullet-holes pepper the glass door of a shop in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. (Rukmini Callimachi, AP)

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Nairobi - Security officials in Kenya say a Westgate Mall attacker once lived in a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya that houses more than 54 000 Somali refugees.

Two officials said a Westgate attacker named Mohammed Abdinur Said once lived in the Kakuma refugee camp. The officials insisted on anonymity to share information not yet made public.

Raouf Mazou, the head of UNHCR in Kenya, said on Monday that UNHCR has been co-operating with the Kenyan government on the Westgate investigation but that he wasn't familiar with the name Said.

The information comes as a new agreement was signed on Sunday to encourage the nearly half million Somalis inside refugee camps in Kenya to return home. A top Kenyan official, Mutea Iringo, said insecurity is one reason Kenya wants refugees to return.

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