Kenya Terrorist Attacks : Two Found Guilty Over Kenya Shopping Mall Attack

A court in Kenya has found two men guilty of helping Islamist militants to attack an upmarket shopping mall in 2013. At least 67 people died in the assault by al-Shabab on the Westgate shopping complex in the capital, Nairobi.

The state said the four militants who carried out the attack were found dead in the shopping center’s rubble. The militants occupied the mall for four days, in one of the deadliest jihadi attacks in Kenya. A third man was found not guilty on all counts of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act. The trial is the only one so far over the Westgate shopping mall attack. More than 140 witnesses testified in the case. The accused denied conspiring to commit terrorism.

Mohammed Ahmed Abdi and Hussein Hassan Mustafa were charged with planning and committing acts of terror, as well as supporting and helping a terrorist group.

The third suspect, Liban Abdullahi, was found not guilty. The Somali refugee was also acquitted of the charge of being in Kenya illegally and possessing identification documents by false presences.

The presiding judge ruled that the two suspects, both Kenyan citizens, will be sentenced on 22 October.

iReporter gathered that their convictions will be welcomed in a country that remains on high alert over possible attacks by al-Shabab. The al-Qaeda affiliate is based in neighboring Somalia and has carried out a series of attacks in Kenya. Kenya has troops in Somalia to help fight the militants.



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