ST. LOUIS (KMOX/CBS) – The East African terrorist group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for an ongoing attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya that has left nearly 70 people dead.
On the group’s Twitter account, which has since been suspended by Twitter, it released names of the attackers, including one from Kansas City, Missouri.
“We received permission to disclose the names of our mujahideen inside #Westgate,” the group tweeted from their account, @HSM_Press2.
A short time later, the group named two people from the St. Paul-Minneapolis region and “Gen mustafe noorudiin. 27 y.o. from kansas city, MO.”
Nooruddin’s ties to Kansas City could not be independently confirmed by KMOX News Sunday. There is not a listed number for Mustafe Noorudiin in Kansas City.
Kenyan security forces launched an assault late Sunday on the upscale Westgate Mall in an attempt to end the standoff with militants.
The assault came about 30 hours after 10 to 15 al-Shabab extremists stormed the mall from two sides, throwing grenades and firing on civilians.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta reiterated his government’s determination to continue fighting al-Shabab.
“We went as a nation into Somalia to help stabilize the country and most importantly to fight terror that had been unleashed on Kenya and the world,” said Kenyatta.”We shall not relent on the war on terror.”
Westgate Mall is at least partially owned by Israelis, and reports circulated that Israeli commandos were on the ground to assist in the response. Four restaurants inside the mall are Israeli-run or owned.
Kenyans and foreigners were among those confirmed dead, including British, French, Canadians, Indians, a Ghanaian, a South African and a Chinese woman.