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Al-Shabaab Attack Fulfills Threat in Kenyan Support for Somalia

The attack by the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab on an upscale mall in Nairobi yesterday fulfills a threat it made two years ago to retaliate over Kenya’s military intervention to back Somalia’s government.

At least 59 people died and 175 were injured when gunmen stormed the Westgate mall yesterday in the Kenyan capital. An unspecified number of hostages were being held more than 24 hours after the raid began, according to the government. The group, whose full name means Mujahedeen Youth Movement in Arabic, claimed responsibility for the attack.