By Mirembe Martina
Two Americans and one Briton were identified as among the terrorists who attacked Kenya’s Westgate Mall claiming the lives of many and injuring scores.
According to Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amina Mohammed, two or three US men and a British woman were among the attackers.
The assault which has been attributed to Somalia based Al-Qaeda terrorist group, Al-Shabab has claimed the lives of more than 60 people and has lasted for three days, today being its fourth day. Mohamed, said in an interview with PBS’ “NewsHour” program that the Americans were 18 to 19 years old, of Somali or Arab origin and lived “in Minnesota and one other place” in the U.S. The attacker from Britain was a woman who has “done this many times before,” Mohamed said.
U.S. officials said they were looking into whether any Americans were involved in the attack which is said to have injured 175. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday the department had “no definitive evidence of the nationalities or the identities” of the attackers.
White House spokesman Ben Rhodes said U.S. officials have seen “reports coming out of al-Shabab that indicate information along those lines,” referring to possible involvement of Americans in the attack.
“But we have to run those to ground, of course,” he said. “We do monitor very carefully and have for some time been concerned about efforts by al-Shabab to recruit Americans or U.S. persons to come to Somalia. This is an issue that has been tracked very closely by the U.S. government, and it’s one that we’ll be looking into in the days ahead.”
There was no answer at the Kenyan Mission at the United Nations on Monday night.