et des conneries,
Old July 31st, 2010, 01:03 PM
my recent trip to Nairobi…I checked out Westgate Mall. Surprisingly, I took a photo of basement, some guard runs up to me and stops me taking photos and then I enter the mall…I take another photo, again same guard runs to me to stop me! Strange!
The Westgate Shopping Mall is owned by an Israeli company.
The shopping center is owned by Israelis and renowned as a place where many Israelis hang out.
Omri, an Israeli employed at the Kenyan capital Nairobi Westgate shopping center which is still under terrorist attack this weekend, told Israeli consul Sima Amitai that he saw a hand grenade rolling between his legs and exploding. Both Omri’s legs were injured in the explosion, but only lightly. “It was a miracle,” he said.
“We knew the shopping center is owned by Israelis and renowned as a place where many Israelis hang out,” Lopez told Maariv. “Four of the restaurants there are also owned by Israelis and many Israelis are employed in the place. They were our main concern—but we also support our Kenyan friends and ready to assist in whichever way they ask.”
Detectives put Westgate Shopping Mall tenants on spot as investigation takes new turn
In July last year, two Iranian terror suspects were arraigned on accusations of possessing explosives.
Ahmed Mohamud and Said Mausud had been found with 15 kilogrammes of RDX explosives.
International media quoted an Israeli minister who said the two Iranians had planned to attack Israeli, American, British or Saudi targets inside Kenya.
Westgate Shopping Mall is one of several Israeli-owned businesses in Kenya.
The mall, called Westgate, is a symbol of Kenya’s rising prosperity, an impressive five-story building where Kenyans can buy expensive cups of frozen yogurt and plates of sushi. On Saturdays, it is especially crowded, and American officials have long warned that Nairobi’s malls were ripe targets for terrorists, especially Westgate, because a cafe on the ground floor, right off the street, is owned by Israelis.
Ilana Stein, a spokeswoman for Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the attack took place near the ArtCaffe, an Israeli-owned coffee shop and bakery popular with foreigners that is one of 80 businesses in the mall. Ms. Stein said that one Israeli had been lightly injured, that three others had escaped unharmed and that Israelis had not been specifically targeted. “This time, the story is not about Israel,” Ms. Stein said.
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 – A survivor of the Westgate terrorist attack has recounted how police ignored him when he pointed to them one of the gunmen who disguised himself as a victim.
The witness told how the gunman changed his clothes and mingled with other victims before he vanished in the crowd outside the mall.
“The man is of Arab origin, he changed his clothes on first floor and left with the victims as they were being rescued,” he said.
“When I saw him outside the building I told the police this is one of the gunmen but they did not heed to my plea but asked me to get out.”
The account raised fears most of the attackers may have escaped during the confusion, although some were detained or killed during the mayhem.
Westfield America declined comment, saying that it does not comment on security. Australia’s Westfield Group owns nearly 100 shopping centers in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and the United States. Simon Property Group, the largest owner of U.S. mall and outlet centers and owner of outlets in Canada, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Mexico, also declined to comment.
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