Nairobi mall attack: At least 30 killed, one gunman arrested

The Kenyan presidency on Twitter said that one attacker has been arrested after a group of masked assailants stormed inside a shopping mall in Nairobi on Saturday.

Updated: Sep 22, 2013, 00:47 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor

Nairobi: The Kenyan presidency on Twitter said that one attacker has been arrested after a group of masked assailants stormed inside a shopping mall in Nairobi on Saturday. The attack led to a fierce gun battle with the police. The Kenyan Red Cross said that at least 30 people has been killed after the gunmen opened fire.

Fifty others has been wounded in the attack at the mall, head of the Kenyan Red Cross Abbas Gullet said.

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The gunmen burst into the mall and shot people indiscriminately and according to reports, some of the people have been taken as hostages. Though there is no official confirmation about it yet.
Kenya has blamed the Somali militant group al Shabaab the shooting. Earlier, the militant group, which is against Kenya sending its troops to fight in Somalia, had threatened to strike the Westgate mall. However, no group has claimed the responsibility for the attack yet.
The Nairobi police said that the gunmen had been trying to rob a shop inside the mall when the shooting began.

Eyewitnesses said that about five masked armed assailants stormed the mall and the incident appeared as an attack rather than an armed robbery.

The assailants also threw a grenade inside the mall building, eyewitnesses said.