– WESTGATE INVESTIGATION
* Four people were killed, on Friday 10/04/2013, in Kenya in riots that broke out after gunmen murdered a Muslim preacher Sheikh Ibrahim Amor (pic) and three others associated with an assassinated recruiter for the Somali Islamist group, al-Shabab, the police and Kenya Red Cross said. Sheikh Ibrahim Amor was the Imam of the Musa mosque and the successor of Aboud Rogo Mohammed. The Salvation Army church in the neighborhood was set ablaze by the demonstrators in response (see also – Nairobi 09.30.12 ).
** Kenya’s military spokesman, Major Emmanuel Chirchir, has confirmed, on Saturday 10/05/2013, the names of the four fighters implicated in the attack on the upscale Westgate Mall as Abu Baara al-SUdani (from Sudan), Omar Nabhan, Khattab al-Kene (from Kenya) and Umayr, names that were first broadcast by a local Kenyan television station. The identities of the men come as a private television station in Nairobi obtained and broadcast the from the Nairobi mall. The video released covers only one part of the mall and was taken around five hours into the 80-hour siege, shows only four men. Omar Nabhan, a Kenyan of Arab origin, was born in Mombasa and traveled to Somalia with his uncle at the age of 16, the spokesman said.
Matt Bryden, the former head of the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, told the AP via email that Khattab al-Kene and Umayr are known members of al-Hijra, the Kenyan arm of al-Shabab. He added that Nabhan may be a relative of Saleh Ali Nabhan.
“From what we have now that is coming out of the investigation, the number of attackers was between four to six,” police chief David Kimaiyo told Kenyan television station KTN, contradicting earlier assessments of about 15 perpetrators.
“None of them managed to escape from the building after the attack,” he said, implying that they were killed in the confrontation.
David Kimaiyo confirmed that wanted British “White Widow” Samantha Lewthwaite – reported to have been one of the attackers – was not involved.
** Kenyan police said, on Tuesday 10/29/2013, they are holding five people over the Westgate attack. Ndegwa Muhoro, head of Kenya’s Police Criminal Investigation Department, told reporters that investigations were still ongoing into exchanges of SMS text messages in the days prior to the Westgate siege. Detectives are continuing to investigate a possible link to Norway, Muhoro said, noting that a telephone call was made to the country from the mall during the attack.
Chief Ndegwa Muhoro added that some of the massacre suspects were arrested in Kenya’s northwestern desert refugee camp of Kakuma, a vast settlement home to over 125,000 refugees from across the region, including Somalia.
All gunmen including a Norwegian citizen, totalling just four, not the dozen that security forces had initially reported, are understood to have died during the attack.
— NYPD ANALYSIS —
The New York Police Department own in-depth analysis of the Westgate Attack they debunked much of what Kenyan authorities claim and doubt the 4 terrorists died in the collapsing building.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told media, on 12/10/2013, his investigators did not know “with certainty” how many people were involved, “but we believe there were only four shooters ” acted in teams of two, coordinating their movements via mobile phone.
The NYPD says a review of video footage and ballistics evidence shows they were carrying only “light” weapons such as AK-47 rifles and grenades. While carrying hundreds of rounds of ammunition in magazines strapped to their bodies, the NYPD says the attackers were not wearing any form of body armor or carrying handguns. There were no heavy explosions. Smoke screens had not been created by setting mattresses and other materials on fire they said.
According to the NYPD confusion reigned as police – wearing no identification or markings – entered the complex, fully armed. They were quickly fired upon by Kenyan soldiers who had also been summoned to the scene. Among the dead was the police tactical response team’s commander. The terrorists sought to kill as many as they could and took no hostages. Only those who were able to recite Muslim prayers – and in once instance name the Prophet Mohammed’s mother – were allowed to go free.
The gunbattle to clear the mall lasted three days. But there is no evidence the terrorists were there beyond the first 12 hours. NYPD investigations indicate at least one of the attackers was wounded in the leg. But the fighters systematically destroyed CCTV cameras in order to cover their movements.
The actual attack only lasted six hours. After this, the NYPD report says the terrorists hid in a storeroom. Here, they prayed and tended to their wounded comrade. There is no evidence any attacker remained in the mall after 12:15am on September 22, the NYPD says.
* Adan Garar, a senior al-Shabab operative and one of the mastermind of the Westgate attack. and two others are suspected to have been killed in Thursday 03/12/2015 UAV missiles attack after their car was targeted near the town of Bardhere, in Southern Somalia the Kenyan and US officials said on Friday 03/13/2016. .Adan Garar is also suspected of planning failed attacks on Kenya’s coast and in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, last year.
— On Saturday 02/21/2015 al-Shabab released a video calling for attacks on shopping malls in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The video, released by the Somalia-based group’s official media wing, It mentioned specifically Minnesota’s Mall of America, where a large Somali community is living (see – Minneapolis Network ).
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