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Five Muslim American Jihadists Suspected To Be Among Kenya Mall Attackers

September 23, 2013

'Five of the Kenyan mall massacre gunmen are American': Up to 10 hostages still remain inside complex after special forces free 'most' of those trapped as terror siege which has claimed the lives of 68 and wounded more than 175 people enters its THIRD day

Kenyan security forces still have not cleared the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi of terrorist - as the siege enters its third day

Up to ten people are still though to remain hostage inside the shopping complex

A major military offensive was launched on Sunday night by Kenyan defence forces

'This will end tonight. Our forces will prevail. Kenyans are standing firm against aggression, and we will win,' Kenya's Disaster Operations Center tweeted on Sunday

As many as five of the alleged attackers are believed to be from the United States

Canadian diplomat Annemarie Desloges, 29, and pregnant Kenyan radio journalist Ruhila Adatia among the dead

Somalian terrorist group al Shabaab, which has links to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack which they live-blogged on Twitter

So far at least 68 people have been reported to have died and 175 people injured

By Louise Boyle, Ellie Buchdahl, Stuart Woledge, Ryan Gormanand James Nye

PUBLISHED: 18:58 EST, 21 September 2013 | UPDATED: 03:41 EST, 23 September 2013

The FBI is investigating claims that up to five of the terrorists who killed 68 people in a despicable attack on an upmarket Kenyan shopping mall are Americans, as the the siege moved into its third day with fresh gunfire and explosions reported coming from the center on Monday morning in Nairobi.

As day broke following a quiet night, journalists near the upmarket Westgate complex heard bursts of rifle fire and muffled blasts. A Kenyan Red Cross official, Abbas Guled, said there appeared to be clashes inside the building and Kenyan military officers said a small number of hostages remained inside the mall.

On Sunday, the Kenyan military reported that it had rescued hostages and secured 'most parts' of the center following the two day standoff but that up to ten hostages remained trapped inside with heavily militants from Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab movement.

'We are yet to get confirmation from what's happening in the building,' Colonel Cyrus Oguna, a Kenyan military spokesman, told The Associated Press.

...The suggestion that Americans were involved in the deadly terror attack originated from the Twitter feed claiming to belong to the Somali al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab, which is claiming responsibility for the outrage.

That account lists specific names and the homes states of the alleged American terrorists - of which two are purportedly from the St. Paul-Minneapolis area in Minnesota and another from Kansas City in Missouri.

St. Paul-Minneapolis has the largest Somali population outside of Mogadishu, with some 85,700 members.

It is thought that the FBI will have already acted on the information available to them and will have acertained whether the individuals are in the country or have traveled abroad..."



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