CNN: 3 alleged Kenya attackers from USA…

Three of the alleged attackers are from the United States, two are from Somalia and there is one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom, according to the list.

Kenya mall attack: Military says most hostages freed, death toll at 68

By Faith Karimi, Steve Almasy and Lillian Leposo, CNN
updated 8:20 PM EDT, Sun September 22, 2013

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — Authorities in Kenya appeared close to ending a deadly siege early Monday at an upscale Nairobi mall, where attackers have killed at least 68 people, injured 175, and were believed to be holding about 30 people hostage.

“All efforts are underway to bring this matter to a speedy conclusion,” the Kenyan military announced on Twitter.

It said that “most of the hostages have been rescued and security forces have taken control of most parts of the building.”

Earlier, police had tweeted that a “MAJOR assault” by security forces was ongoing.

The developments come some two days after Al-Shabaab militants first stormed the shopping center, spraying bullets and unleashing chaos.

There are believed to be between 10-15 gunmen involved in the attack, officials said.

Sources within Al-Shabaab told CNN that nine names listed on a Twitter site — now suspended — were people who were among the alleged hostage-takers.

Three of the alleged attackers are from the United States, two are from Somalia and there is one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom, according to the list.

Full Story: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/22/world/africa/kenya-mall-attack/index.html

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS: An ABC news report advises that the group claiming responsibility for the Kenya attack has recruited Americans in the past.  The report states:

U.S. officials estimate that as many as 50 Americans have traveled to training camps in Somalia, the home of the al Qaeda-linked terror group al-Shabaab, over the last six years.

We’ve highlighted past news reports of European and American Islamists traveling to Somalia and Syria to fight.  It’s really not much of a stretch to consider they may bring the fight back to the U.S.  when they return.

Keep in mind that as the story continues to be reported, it is most likely that the original report that the attackers were aiming for non-Muslims will become buried.

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