Dozens of mourners gathered in Nairobi for prayers to mark the Westgate anniversary, two years after the mall was attacked by terrorists leaving 67 dead
The attack began on September 21, 2013, when four gunmen entered the mall, spraying shoppers and staff with machine gun fire and tossing grenades into crowds of Saturday shoppers and diners. 67 people were left dead.
They then fought it out with Kenyan security forces before the siege was finally declared over four days after the first shot was fired.
Al-shabaab said the attack was revenge for Kenya’s sending troops to fight the extremists in Somalia as part of an African Union force.
They have launched a string of subsequent attacks in Kenya, including their biggest attack to date earlier this year the massacre of 148 people, most of them students, at Garissa university in the northeast.
Monday 21 September, Kenyans held prayers and lit candles in the capital, Nairobi, to mark the second anniversary of the attack.
As we remember the #Westgate tragedy, I pray for those who lost their loved ones & for those who died defending us against the terrorists.
— Nzioka Waita (@NziokaWaita) September 21, 2015