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Kenya Westgate Mall to re-open two years after al-Shabab attack

Published 14/07/2015

The 2013 attack left 67 people dead
The 2013 attack left 67 people dead

A mall is set to re-open in Kenya's capital Nairobi on Saturday, nearly two years after an attack there by al-Shabab extremists left at least 67 people dead.

Nairobi governor Evans Kidero toured the Westgate Mall, which has been largely refurbished since the devastating attack that led to a four-day siege by security forces.

The violence that erupted on September 21 2013 when four militants entered the mall and began firing on civilians left the building scarred by bullet holes, shattered windows and flooded floors.

The four gunmen are believed to have died from smoke inhalation from a fire that collapsed part of the building.

Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 after cross-border attacks by al-Shabab, which then vowed retaliation for the military presence in Somalia.

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