Nairobi’s Westgate mall reopens two years after terror attack

Westgate under attack 2 years ago

Westgate under attack 2 years ago

Twenty two months after the deadly terror attack which left 67 people dead and thousands wounded, Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya has reopened its doors for business.

The reopening was attended by many government officials including Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet.

The leaders lauded the Westgate management and Kenyans in general for their resilience during and after the 2013 attacks.

“We are happy that we could have been hurt but our spirits have not been broken, it is a demonstration of the determination and the positiveness and the resilience and indomitable spirit of the Kenyan people so we are back,” Governor Kidero said at the event

On September 21, 2013, four militants from Somali-based Al-Shabaab terror group stormed the busy shopping complex shooting indiscriminately, but in the course of the attack they started targeting and killing non-Muslims and letting Muslims go.

Kenyan military intervened and the rescue operation to free all hostages lasted four days.

The shopping mall reopened Saturday, with nearly the entire mall renovated although some sections are still untouched and out of bounds.

Al-Shabaab has been attacking Kenya’s “soft targets”, this April, the group attacked Garissa University in northeastern part of the country and left 147 people dead, majority of these victims were students at the University.

The terror group has been targeting police posts and army barracks as well to obtain ammunitions.

The reopening comes just days before the US President Barack Obama visits Nairobi to attend the Sixth Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi (July 24-26).

Commenting on his highly anticipated visit Obama said last week “we can build on the progress that’s been made around issues of health, education, focus on counter-terrorism issues that are important in East Africa because of Al-Shabaab and some of the tragedies that have happened inside Kenya.”