Kenya’s Westgate mall opens after Shebab attack


Hundreds of shoppers Saturday turned up to witness the reopening of Westgate Shopping Mall, almost two years after the terror attack that left over 67 people dead.

Al Shabaab militants attacked the mall on September 21, 2013, holding hostage patrons during the three-day siege.

At least 67 people died in the attack.

The mall, now bigger and reorganised, has been undergoing refurbishment since the deadly attack that left Kenya and the world horrified.

Notable changes at the mall include the shifting of the Nakumatt Westgate Hypermarket from ground floor to first floor.

Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, and Nairobi Governor, Evans Kidero, were among those present during the reopening, according to Standard Digital Kenya.

“We are moving on with our normal lives, terrorists will not hold us back,” Boinet told the gathering.

The mall’s management has promised tight security, run by an Israeli security company, I.R.G.

The mall opens its doors to the public, just a week before US President Barack Obama makes his tour of Kenya and the IG said it was a good indication of the improved security in the country.

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