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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Shoppers return to Kenya's mall 2 years after attack

Hundreds of shoppers thronged through the reopened Westgate Shopping Mall in Kenya's capital, Nairobi nearly two years after a terrorist attack there left at least 67 people dead.


(Medeshi)- NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Hundreds of shoppers thronged through the reopened Westgate Shopping Mall in Kenya's capital, Nairobi nearly two years after a terrorist attack there left at least 67 people dead.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero cut a ribbon during Saturday's re-opening ceremony following two years of repairs after security forces battled four gunmen from Somalia's al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group in September 2013.

The attack led to a four-day siege of the building by security forces which destroyed part of the roof when they fired rocket propelled grenades at the attackers.

Shoppers will get a 10 percent discount for every $30 spent at the 80,000 square foot (7,400 square meter) complex which is expected to employ more than 250 staff.

American fast food chain Pizza Hut will also open for the first time in Kenya.