Thursday 23 November 2017

Kenyan Westgate Mall to re-open two years after al-Shabab attack

Construction workers dig holes to erect barriers at the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Construction workers dig holes to erect barriers at the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
A soldier from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) holds his gun as he arrives at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi.
A Kenyan army soldier takes cover behind a wall at Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi.
Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) arrive at at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi.
A policeman patrols with his dog near the Westgate Shopping Centre in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

A mall is set to re-open in Kenya's capital Nairobi on Saturday, nearly two years after an attack there by al-Shabab extremists left at least 67 people dead.

Nairobi governor Evans Kidero toured the Westgate Mall, which has been largely refurbished since the devastating attack that led to a four-day siege by security forces.

The violence that erupted on September 21 2013 when four militants entered the mall and began firing on civilians left the building scarred by bullet holes, shattered windows and flooded floors.

Read more: Horror in Kenya: non-Muslims targeted in terror attack in exclusive shopping centre

Workers put on the final touches of repair work at the food court area inside the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Workers put on the final touches of repair work at the food court area inside the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
A woman carrying her child walks past the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Cleaners work inside the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
A shop attendant is seen in the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Workers are seen near a perfume advertisement inside the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Attendants work in a shop selling shoes inside the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
A worker is seen near a shop at the food court area inside the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Construction workers dig holes to erect barriers at the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
A construction worker rests at the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Construction workers lay concrete paving blocks at the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
A security guard stands at the main entrance of the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Cleaners work inside the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
A security guard walks inside the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
A security guard stands at the main entrance of the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Workers stand in a section of the reopened Westgate shopping mall, which was closed in the aftermath of an attack by militant gunmen in September 2013 that killed 67 people and injured many more, in capital Nairobi REUTERS/Noor Khamis

The four gunmen are believed to have died from smoke inhalation from a fire that collapsed part of the building.

Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 after cross-border attacks by al-Shabab, which then vowed retaliation for the military presence in Somalia.

Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi.
Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi.
Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi.
People run for cover as the stand-off continues into the night at Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi.
A Kenyan army soldier keeps guard in an armoured carrier vehicle, at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi.

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