AS THE extremist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya,
enters its third day, security forces have continued their assault,
killing two of the terrorists and freeing a number of hostages.
Sixty-two people have been killed and more than 170 injured
since the attack began in the capital on Saturday. An unknown
number of gunmen who are still holed up inside the mall are
believed to be holding several hostages.
Four Britons are thought to have been killed, but the Prime
Minister, David Cameron, said that that number is likely to
The Somali al-Shabab movement has said it is behind the attack.
The group, part of the al-Qaeda network, had threatened attacks on
Kenyan soil if Nairobi did not pull its troops out of Somalia.
AFP reported that the gunmen are from a number of different
countries. A Kenyan army chief, Julius Karangi, told the agency the
attackers are of various nationalities: "They are from different
countries. We have sufficient intelligence this is global
terrorism," he said.
According to reports, the gunmen targeted non-Muslims, giving
Muslims a chance to leave the shopping centre, which was packed
with about 1000 shoppers at the time of the attack.
Archbishop Peter Jensen, general security of the Global
Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, which is due to hold its Gafcon
2 conference in Nairobi next month, has flown out to the country
today to assess the security arrangements for the conference.