Nairobi mall to reopen 2 years after extremist attack

first_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Kenya has rebounded from the violence, said Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who toured the mall on Tuesday.“The indomitable Kenyan spirit prevailed, they didn’t break our spirit,” Kidero said. Every business that had a shop in the mall is back, Kidero said.Shoppers should turn out Saturday for the mall’s re-opening, said Kidero. Nairobi is safe and U.S .President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit is testament to Kenya’s security, he said. The U.S. State Department this week issued a travel warning to its citizens that extremists could target the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi later this month, which will be attended by Obama.One of those returning to the mall will be Charlse Kimondo, a worker at the Nakumatt Supermarket in the mall. On the day of the attack he was in a storeroom when he heard gunshots and screams. He escaped but was shocked by the bloodbath. Counselling sessions helped him get over the ordeal and return to work.Al-Shabab said the Westgate attack was in retaliation for Kenya sending troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight the Islamic extremist rebels.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Kenyan dignitaries take a tour of the Westgate Mall, during a viewing for the media prior to it being re-opened to the public, in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Kenyan officials say the city’s Westgate Mall will re-open Saturday, nearly two years after an attack there on Sept. 21, 2013 by al-Shabab extremists left at least 67 people dead and led to a four-day siege by security forces. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) Top Stories NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Nairobi’s Westgate Mall is to re-open Saturday, nearly two years after it was attacked by Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels who killed at least 67 people, Kenyan officials said Tuesday.The mall has been extensively refurbished since the devastating four-day siege.The violence erupted on Sept. 21, 2013 when four Islamic militants entered the mall and fired on shoppers. Kenyan police and army responded hours later and the gunmen held the building for four days. The four attackers are believed to have died from smoke inhalation from a fire that collapsed part of the roof. The mall was left in shambles, with bullet-scarred walls, shattered windows, flooded floors and bloodstains. Kenyan army soldiers were also accused of looting shops. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img