President of Kenya: Mall attack terrorists will be punished

President Kenyatta of Kenya addressed the nation on the mall attack.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation on the Westgate shopping mall attack in the capital Nairobi September 22, 2013.
Credit: Reuters

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya released an update today on the Westgate Mall Terror attack that claimed 59 lives and injured over 175 people, including the wife of a U.S. diplomat working for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Kenyatta vowed that those responsible for the attack will “not get away with their despicable, beastly acts.” Kenyatta said in his statement, “Like the cowardly perpetrators now cornered in the building we will punish the masterminds swiftly and painfully.”

Terrorists marched into an open area of the luxurious Nairobi mall and opened fire on shoppers Saturday. The Islamist group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the mass killing and tweeted that all Muslims had been escorted out of the mall before the attack. There are an estimated 10 to 15 gunmen involved as the stakeout continues through its second day.

Kenyatta said that some members of the terrorist group may also be women, though this report has not yet been confirmed. Kenyan police officers and soldiers cornered all of the terrorists in to one part of the mall.

Kenyatta expressed his sympathy for those families who lost their loved ones. “I mourn very deeply with them,” he said. “No family should have to receive news that their loved one has been killed by a criminal bunch of cowards.” Kenyatta continued to say that the tragedy was personal for him as his nephew and his fiancée were among those killed.

Officers and soldiers rescued over 1,000 people from the mall and continue to evacuate people. Kenyatta praised Kenya’s citizens for responding to the tragedy and donating blood, money, food and blankets to victims of the shooting. “We have ashamed and defeated our attackers,” he said. “Let us continue to wage a relentless moral war as our forces continue the physical battle.” CNN reports that there are still 30 hostage inside the mall.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.