Several masked men armed with AK-47 assault weapons and grenades ambushed a busy shopping mall in Nairobi on Saturday afternoon, killing at least 30 innocent victims and wounding over one hundred others, including some Americans. In a statement, the U.S. State Department confirmed:
"We have reports of American citizens injured in the attack, and the U.S. Embassy is actively reaching out to provide assistance," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.
Kenyan security forces have arrested one of the gunmen who ambushed the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi. A Twitter post by the Kenyan head of police, David Kimaiyo, said several other gunmen are trapped inside the mall, which is surrounded by police.
Kenyan officials said the Somalian terrorist group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the deadly terrorist attack.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have warned that al-Shabab terrorist cells operating inside the United States are part of a “deadly pipeline,” sending money and fighters from the U.S. to Somalia.
In October, 2011, a 22 year-old American from Minnesota, Abdisalan Hussein Ali, was identified as one of two suicide bombers disguised as soldiers involved in a terrorist attack on the Somali capital that killed at least 10 people. Ali was the third known suicide bomber from Minnesota.
Two weeks prior to the suicide attack in 2011, two Minnesota women were convicted of conspiring to funnel money to al-Shabab in Somalia.
According to the FBI, of the estimated 30 Americans who joined the Somalian terrorist group Al-Shabab by the end of 2011, at least 20 were from the Somali community in Minneapolis.