1 freed, 3 others to stand trial over Kenya mall attack

A magistrate court in Nairobi has ruled that three men must stand trial on charges they were involved in a deadly attack on Westgate, a shopping mall in Nairobi in 2013.

The magistrate said Monday he was satisfied with prosecutors’ evidence linking the three suspects to the days-long siege of Westgate Mall in which 67 people were killed.

A fourth suspect was freed for lack of evidence.

The Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack that shocked Kenyans and horrified the world. Suspects charged with helping al Qaeda-linked militants launch an attack on the Westgate mall Liban Abdullah Omar and Mohamed Ahmed arrive at the dock during the appearance for their case at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi

(From L) Mohamed Ahmed Abdi, Adan Mohamed Ibrahim and Hussein Hassan Mustafah, appear at the Milimani High Court in Nairobi, on January 14, 2019 in connection with the 2013 Westgate mall terror attack in Nairobi which caused more than 60 people dead. - The men are not accused of carrying out the attack, but of lending support to the gunmen. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Since 2011 the rebel group, which is linked to al-Qaida, has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops to Somalia.

 

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