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Kenya’s Military Identifies Mall Attack Suspects, AP Reports

Kenya Mall Siege Memorial
People light candles for the victims of the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, September 28, 2013. Photographer: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The identities of four suspects involved in the deadly attack last month at Kenya’s Westgate Mall were confirmed by the Kenyan military, the Associated Press reported.

Omar Nabhan, Abu Baara al-Sudani, Khattab al-Kene and Umayr were the men named, AP said, citing Major Emmanuel Chirchir. The wire service said footage broadcast on television in Nairobi today showed no more than four gunmen, though the government earlier said there were as many as 15 attackers.

Al-Kene and Umayr are known to be members of al-Hijra, the Kenyan arm of the Somali group al-Shabab, AP said, citing Matt Bryden, the former head of the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea. Bryden said Nabhan may be a relative of Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, an alleged plotter in the 1998 bombings at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, AP reported.

The attack at the Westgate Mall on Sept. 21 in Nairobi killed at least 67 civilians and security personnel. Al-Shabaab, a militia that’s been fighting to establish an Islamic state in Somalia since at least 2006, claimed responsibility for the latest attack.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Hart in Washington at dahart@bloomberg.net

To contact the reporter on this story: Sylvia Wier at swier@bloomberg.net

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