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At least five killed in Nairobi shopping mall gun attack

Five people killed and dozens wounded in an attack on an upmarket shopping mall in the Kenyan capital

Reuters , Saturday 21 Sep 2013
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At least five people were killed after gunmen burst into a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Saturday and opened fire, witnesses said.

Armed police shouted "get out, get out", and scores of shoppers fled the building. Smoke poured out of one entrance and witnesses said they thought some of the blasts were from grenades. Others said they saw about five armed assailants storm the Westgate shopping mall and that the incident appeared to be an attack rather than an armed robbery.

"They don't seem like thugs, this is not a robbery incident," said Yukeh Mannasseh who was on the mall's top floor when the shooting started. "It seems like an attack. The guards who saw them said they were shooting indiscriminately."

A Reuters witness saw several people being carried out with minor injuries, apparently from flying debris.

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