Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Two or three Americans and one Briton were
among those who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall, Kenya’s foreign
minister said Monday.
More than 60 people have been killed in the
assault on the upscale mall, which has lasted for three days. The
foreign minister, Amina Mohamed, said in an interview with PBS’
‘‘NewsHour’’ program that the Americans were 18 to 19 years old, of
Somali or Arab origin and lived ‘‘in Minnesota and one other place’’ in
the U.S. The attacker from Britain was a woman who has ‘‘done this many
times before,’’ Mohamed said.
Authorities in Kenya were trying to wrap up their bloody standoff with al-Shabab, a group allied with al-Qaida.
U.S. officials said they were looking into
whether any Americans were involved. State Department spokeswoman Jen
Psaki said Monday the department had ‘‘no definitive evidence of the
nationalities or the identities’’ of the attackers.
White House spokesman Ben Rhodes said U.S.
officials have seen ‘‘reports coming out of al-Shabab that indicate
information along those lines,’’ referring to possible involvement of
Americans in the attack.
‘‘But we have to run those to ground, of
course,’’ he said. ‘‘We do monitor very carefully and have for some
time been concerned about efforts by al-Shabab to recruit Americans or
U.S. persons to come to Somalia.
‘‘This is an issue that has been tracked very
closely by the U.S. government, and it’s one that we'll be looking into
in the days ahead.’’
There was no answer at the Kenyan Mission at the United Nations on Monday night.
Mohamed said Kenya needs to work with other
governments to fight the increasing terrorist threat and ‘‘much more
with the U.S and the U.K., because both the victims and the perpetrators
came from Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States. From the
information we have, two or three Americans and so far I've heard of one
She added: ‘‘That just goes to underline the global nature of this war that we are fighting.’’