ABC News reported Wednesday, Sep. 25 “Three days of mourning now under way in Kenya for the victims of that mall attack in Nairobi.” The terrorists who carried it out, according to ABC News, “officials say they operated a store inside that mall for months. [They] may have been stashing weapons there the entire time. Some also may have slipped away in the chaos.” Renting the store explains how the terrorists got their weapons inside, planned and pulled off their massive attack” on Westgate Mall in Kenya.
After the collapse of three floors inside the mall, forensics teams “are now scouring the rubble for the bodies of civilians and terrorists” buried in the aftermath of Saturday’s siege claimed by al-Shabab. On Tuesday, Kenyan troops cleared the mall as random bursts of gunfire sounded within the ruined mall, black plumes of smoke rising into the skies above it. ABC News learned Wednesday morning that for three months the terrorists who attacked the mall had rented space, operating a store inside it. From their rented space they were able to study the layout and formulate plans for the attack. “It’s now believed some of the attackers packed a change of clothes to slip out with the fleeing masses,” says Alexander Marquardt for ABC News in Nairobi. “American forensics teams will be here helping their Kenyan counterparts to try and figure” out who exactly the terrorists were in the terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Currently the victim death toll stands at 61 — including terrorists, 72 — with dozens still missing, as Kenya officially began day one of mourning.